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The Detroit
Detroit
Tigers are an American professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
(MLB) as a member club of the American League
American League
(AL) Central division. One of the AL's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit
Detroit
in 1901. They are the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in the AL.[4] The Tigers have won four World Series
World Series
championships (1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984), 11 AL pennants (1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, 2012), and four AL Central division championships (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014). The Tigers also won division titles in 1972, 1984 and 1987 while members of the AL East. The team currently plays its home games at Comerica Park
Comerica Park
in Downtown Detroit. The Tigers constructed Bennett Park at the corner of Michigan
Michigan
Avenue and Trumbull Avenue in Corktown (just west of Downtown Detroit) and began playing there in 1901. In 1912, the team moved into Navin Field, which was built on the same location. It was expanded in 1938 and renamed Briggs Stadium. It was renamed Tiger Stadium in 1961 and the Tigers played there until moving to Comerica Park
Comerica Park
in 2000.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 First season (1901) 1.2 The Cobb era (1905–26)

1.2.1 1905 1.2.2 1907 American League
American League
Champions 1.2.3 1908 American League
American League
Champions 1.2.4 1909 American League
American League
Champions 1.2.5 1910–14 1.2.6 1915 1.2.7 1916–20 1.2.8 1921 1.2.9 1922–26

1.3 The Tigers break through (1927–40)

1.3.1 1927–33 1.3.2 1934 American League
American League
Champions 1.3.3 1935 World Series Champions 1.3.4 1936–39 1.3.5 1940 American League
American League
Champions

1.4 The war years (1941–45)

1.4.1 1945 World Series
1945 World Series
Champions

1.5 A long drought (1946–67)

1.5.1 1946–50 1.5.2 1951–60 1.5.3 1961 1.5.4 1962–66 1.5.5 1967

1.6 1968–72

1.6.1 Glory in '68: 1968 World Series Champions

1.6.1.1 1968 World Series

1.6.2 1969–71 1.6.3 1972 AL East Champions

1.6.3.1 1972 ALCS

1.7 A slow decline (1973–78)

1.7.1 1976: The Year of The Bird 1.7.2 1977–78

1.8 The "Bless You Boys" era (1979–87)

1.8.1 The Roar of '84: 1984 World Series
1984 World Series
Champions

1.8.1.1 1984 ALCS 1.8.1.2 1984 World Series

1.8.2 1987 AL East Champions

1.9 A new approach (1988–95) 1.10 Randy Smith era (1996–2002) 1.11 Most losses in American League
American League
history (2003) 1.12 Rebuilding the franchise (2004–06)

1.12.1 The return of the Tigers: 2006 American League
American League
Champions

1.13 Falling short (2007–2010)

1.13.1 2007 1.13.2 2008 1.13.3 2009 1.13.4 2010

1.13.4.1 The near-perfect game

1.14 Division winners (2011–2014)

1.14.1 2011: First AL Central Championship 1.14.2 2012: American League
American League
Champions 1.14.3 2013: American League
American League
title defense 1.14.4 2014: Changes at the top

1.15 2015: Mid-season Reboot 1.16 2016 1.17 Rebuilding (2017–present)

1.17.1 2017 1.17.2 2018

1.18 Best seasons in Detroit
Detroit
Tigers history 1.19 Worst seasons in Detroit
Detroit
Tigers history 1.20 Payroll

2 The Tigers 3 Rivalries and fan base

3.1 Home attendance

4 Rally cry 5 Uniforms and logos 6 Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Famers

6.1 Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipients 6.2 Michigan
Michigan
Sports Hall of Fame

7 Retired numbers and honorees

7.1 Team captains

8 Award winners 9 Current roster 10 Minor league affiliations 11 Broadcasters

11.1 Radio 11.2 Television 11.3 Former

12 Franchise records 13 See also 14 References 15 Further reading 16 External links

Franchise history[edit] Main article: History of the Detroit
Detroit
Tigers First season (1901)[edit] The Tigers were established as a charter member of the American League in 1901.[5] They played their first game as a major league team at home against the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
on April 25, 1901, with an estimated 10,000 fans at Bennett Park.[6] After entering the ninth inning behind 13–4, the team staged a dramatic comeback to win 14–13.[7] The team finished third in the eight-team league.[8] The Cobb era (1905–26)[edit] 1905[edit]

Ty Cobb
Ty Cobb
in 1913.

In 1905, the team acquired 18-year-old Ty Cobb, a fearless player with a mean streak, who came to be regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.[9] The addition of Cobb to an already talented team that included Sam Crawford, Hughie Jennings, Bill Donovan
Bill Donovan
and George Mullin quickly yielded results. 1907 American League
American League
Champions[edit] Main article: 1907 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season Behind the hitting of outfielders Ty Cobb
Ty Cobb
(.350) and Sam Crawford (.323), and the pitching of Bill Donovan
Bill Donovan
and Ed Killian
Ed Killian
(25 wins each), the Tigers went 92–58 to win the AL pennant in 1907 by 1.5 games over the Philadelphia Athletics.[10][11] They moved on to their first World Series
World Series
appearance against the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs.[12][13] Game 1 ended in a rare 3–3 tie, called due to darkness after 12 innings.[12][13] The Tigers scored only three runs in the succeeding four games, never scoring more than one run in a game, and lost the Series, 4–0.[12] 1908 American League
American League
Champions[edit] Main article: 1908 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season The Tigers won the AL by just a half-game over the 90–64 Cleveland Naps with a 90–63 record.[14] Cobb hit .324, while Sam Crawford
Sam Crawford
hit .311 with 7 home runs, which was enough to lead the league in the "dead ball" era.[15] The Cubs, however, would defeat the Tigers again in the 1908 World Series, this time in five games.[16] This would be the Cubs' last World Championship until 2016.[17] 1909 American League
American League
Champions[edit] Main article: 1909 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season In 1909, Detroit
Detroit
posted a 98–54 season, winning the AL pennant by 3.5 games over the Athletics. Ty Cobb
Ty Cobb
won the batting triple crown in 1909, hitting .377 with 9 home runs (all inside-the-park) and 107 RBIs. He also led the league with 76 stolen bases. George Mullin was the pitching hero, going 29–8 with a 2.22 ERA, while fellow pitcher Ed Willett
Ed Willett
went 21–10. Mullin's 11–0 start in 1909 was a Tiger record for 104 years, finally being broken by Max Scherzer's 13–0 start in 2013.[18] It was hoped that a new opponent in the 1909 Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates, would yield different results. The Tigers performed better in the Fall Classic, taking Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
to seven games, but they were blown out 8–0 in the decisive game at Bennett Park.[19] 1910–14[edit] The Tigers dropped to third place in the American League
American League
in 1910 with an 86-68 record. They posted 89 wins in 1911 to finish second, but were still well behind a powerhouse Philadelphia Athletics
Philadelphia Athletics
team that won 101 games. The team sunk to a dismal sixth place in both the 1912 and 1913 seasons. A bright spot in 1912 was George Mullin pitching the franchise's first no-hitter in a 7–0 win over the St. Louis Browns on July 4, his 32nd birthday. Cobb went into the stands in a May 15, 1912, game to attack a fan that was abusing him, and was suspended. The Tigers protested the suspension by fielding a team of replacement players and some coaches, and lost 24-2, to the Philadelphia Athletics.[20] During this five-season stretch, Cobb posted batting averages of .383, .420, .409, .390 and .368, winning the AL batting title every year.[21] 1915[edit] Main article: 1915 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season In 1915, the Tigers won a then-club record 100 games but narrowly lost the American League
American League
pennant to the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
who won 101 games. The 1915 Tigers were led by an outfield consisting of Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, and Bobby Veach
Bobby Veach
that finished #1, #2, and #3 in RBIs and total bases. Cobb also set a stolen base record with 96 steals in 1915 that stood until 1962, when it was broken by Maury Wills. Baseball historian Bill James
Bill James
has ranked the 1915 Tigers outfield as the greatest in the history of major league baseball. The only team in Tigers' history with a better winning percentage than the 1915 squad was the 1934 team that lost the World Series
World Series
to the St. Louis Cardinals. 1916–20[edit] The Tigers dropped to third place in 1916 with an 87-67 record, and would remain mired in the middle of the AL standings the rest of the decade, never winning more than 80 games. In the late teens and into the 1920s, Cobb continued to be the marquee player, though he was pushed by budding star outfielder Harry Heilmann, who went on to hit .342 for his career. Hughie Jennings
Hughie Jennings
left the Tigers after the 1920 season, having accumulated 1,131 wins as a manager.[22] This stood as a Tiger record until 1992, when it was broken by Sparky Anderson. Cobb himself took over managerial duties in 1921, but during his six years at the helm, the Tigers topped out at 86 wins and never won a pennant. 1921[edit] Main article: 1921 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season In 1921, the Tigers amassed 1,724 hits and a team batting average of .316—the highest team hit total and batting average in American League history. (The Elias Book of Baseball
Baseball
Records, 2008, p. 88) That year, outfielders Harry Heilmann
Harry Heilmann
and Ty Cobb
Ty Cobb
finished #1 and #2 in the American League
American League
batting race with batting averages of .394 and .389. As early proof of the baseball adage that good pitching beats good hitting, the downfall of the 1921 Tigers was the absence of good pitching. The team ERA was 4.40, and they allowed nine or more runs 28 times. Without pitching to support the offense, the 1921 Tigers finished in sixth place in the American League
American League
at 71-82, 27 games behind the Yankees. On August 19, 1921, Cobb collected his 3,000th career hit off Elmer Myers of the Boston Red Sox. Aged 34 at the time, he is still the youngest player to reach that milestone, also reaching it in the fewest at-bats (8,093).[23][24] 1922–26[edit] The Tigers continued to field good teams during Ty Cobb's tenure as player-manager, finishing as high as second in 1923, but lack of quality pitching kept them from winning a pennant. Harry Heilmann
Harry Heilmann
hit .403 in 1923, becoming the last AL player to top .400 until Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. In the 1925 season, the 38-year-old Cobb nearly won his 12th batting title (or 13th depending on the source).[25] But he was again edged out by teammate Heilmann, who collected six hits in a season-ending doubleheader to finish at .393 to Cobb's .389. Cobb announced his retirement in November 1926 after 22 seasons and 3,900 hits as a Tiger, though he would return to play two more seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics. The Tigers break through (1927–40)[edit]

Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg

1927–33[edit] Though the Tigers struggled with mediocre records in the seven years following Cobb's departure, they were building a solid foundation, adding slugging first baseman Hank Greenberg
Hank Greenberg
and pitchers Tommy Bridges and Schoolboy Rowe
Schoolboy Rowe
to a lineup that already included consistent Charlie Gehringer, "The Mechanical Man", at second base. In 1927, Harry Heilmann
Harry Heilmann
flirted with a .400 batting average all year, eventually finishing at .398 and winning his fourth AL batting title. Following the 1933 season, the Tigers added perhaps the final piece of the puzzle, acquiring catcher "Black Mike" Mickey Cochrane
Mickey Cochrane
from the Philadelphia Athletics
Philadelphia Athletics
to serve as player-manager. 1934 American League
American League
Champions[edit] Main article: 1934 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season The Tigers won the 1934 AL Pennant with a 101–53 record, at the time a team record for wins, and still the best win percentage (.656) in team history. The Tigers infield ( Hank Greenberg
Hank Greenberg
and Charlie Gehringer, along with shortstop Billy Rogell
Billy Rogell
and third baseman Marv Owen) accumulated 769 hits during the season, with Gehringer (214 hits, .356 average) leading the way. Schoolboy Rowe
Schoolboy Rowe
led a strong pitching staff, winning 16 straight decisions at one point of the season and finishing with a 24–8 record. The Tigers would fall in the 1934 World Series
World Series
in seven games to the "Gashouse Gang" St. Louis Cardinals. After winning a tight battle in Game 5 with a 3–1 decision over Dizzy Dean, Detroit
Detroit
took a 3–2 series lead, but would lose the next two games at Navin Field (Tiger Stadium). For the second time in a World Series
World Series
Game 7, Detroit folded. St. Louis scored seven times in the third inning off starter Elden Auker
Elden Auker
and a pair of relievers, while Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean
baffled the Tiger hitters en route to an 11–0 victory. The final game was marred by an ugly incident. After spiking Tiger third baseman Marv Owen
Marv Owen
in the sixth inning, the Cardinals' Joe "Ducky" Medwick had to be removed from the game for his own safety by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis after being pelted with fruit and garbage from angry fans in the large temporary bleacher section in left field. 1935 World Series Champions[edit] Main article: 1935 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season The Tigers 1935 lineup featured four future Hall of Famers (Hank Greenberg, Mickey Cochrane, Goose Goslin
Goose Goslin
and Charlie Gehringer). Though they didn't challenge the 1934 team's 101 wins, their 93–58 record was good enough to give them the AL pennant by three games over the New York Yankees. Hank Greenberg
Hank Greenberg
was named AL MVP after hitting .328 and leading the league in home runs (36), extra-base hits (98) and RBIs (170). Incredibly, Greenberg's RBI total was 51 higher than the next closest player (Lou Gehrig, with 119). The Tigers also got strong contributions from Charlie Gehringer
Charlie Gehringer
(.330), Mickey Cochrane (.319) and starting pitchers Tommy Bridges
Tommy Bridges
(21–10) and Elden Auker (18–7). The Tigers finally won their first World Series, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2. Game 6 concluded with Goslin's dramatic walk-off RBI single, scoring Cochrane for a 4–3 victory. After team owner Frank Navin
Frank Navin
died during the 1935 season, auto body manufacturing magnate and plumbing fixture manufacturer Walter Briggs, Sr. took control of the team. 1936–39[edit] Despite being forecast to win the American League
American League
title again in 1936[26] the Tigers fell to a distant second place behind the New York Yankees both that season and in 1937. In 1938 and 1939, the team fell to fourth place with identical 84-70 records each year. Hank Greenberg nevertheless provided some excitement for Tiger fans in 1938 by challenging the single-season home run record held by Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth
(60). Hank went into the season's final weekend against the Cleveland Indians with 58 home runs, tied with Jimmie Foxx
Jimmie Foxx
for the most by a right-handed batter, but he failed to homer on Saturday or Sunday.[27] At the close of the 1938 season, the Tigers presciently held out doubts about a pennant in 1939, but figured that 1940 would be their year.[28] 1940 American League
American League
Champions[edit] Main article: 1940 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season In a tight three-team race, the 90–64 Tigers won the 1940 AL pennant by one game over the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
and two games over the New York Yankees. Prior to the season, first baseman Hank Greenberg
Hank Greenberg
was persuaded to move to left field to make room for slugging first baseman Rudy York. The move proved successful. York hit .316 with 33 home runs and 134 RBIs. Greenberg batted .340 and slammed 41 home runs while driving in 150. Hank won his second AL MVP award, becoming the first major leaguer to win the award at two different fielding positions. Charlie Gehringer, now 37, batted .313 while collecting 101 walks and scoring 108 runs. Bobo Newsom
Bobo Newsom
was the ace of the Tiger pitching staff in 1940, going 21–5 with a 2.83 ERA. An unlikely hero on the mound this season was 30-year-old rookie Floyd Giebell. Making just his third major league start on September 27, Giebell was called upon to pitch the pennant-clinching game against the legendary Bob Feller
Bob Feller
of the Indians. Feller surrendered just three hits, one being a 2-run homer by Rudy York, while Giebell blanked the Tribe for a 2–0 victory.[29] The Tigers lost the 1940 World Series
World Series
to the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
in seven games. Despite a heroic effort by Bobo Newsom, the Tigers came up short in the deciding game, losing 2–1. Newsom's father had died in a Cincinnati hotel room after watching his son win Game 1. An inspired Newsom won Game 5 and pitched Game 7 on just one day's rest. This was the third time the Tigers had lost a World Series
World Series
in a deciding seventh game. The war years (1941–45)[edit] With Hank Greenberg
Hank Greenberg
serving in World War II for all or parts of the 1941–44 seasons, the Tigers struggled to recapture the glory of 1940. They finished no higher than fifth place in 1941–43, but did manage a second-place finish in 1944, largely on the strength of pitchers Hal Newhouser
Hal Newhouser
and Dizzy Trout, who won 29 and 27 games respectively. Newhouser, who was 29-9 with a 2.22 ERA, won the first of his two consecutive AL MVP awards this season. The Tigers were in first place as late as September 18, but would finish one game behind the St. Louis Browns
St. Louis Browns
for the AL Pennant. 1945 World Series
1945 World Series
Champions[edit] Main article: 1945 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season With the end of World War II and the timely return of Hank Greenberg and others from the military, the 88–65 Tigers took the 1945 American League
American League
pennant by just 1.5 games over the Washington Senators. Hal Newhouser
Hal Newhouser
became the first pitcher in the history of the American League
American League
to win the MVP Award in two consecutive seasons.[30] "Prince Hal" won the pitching triple crown, leading the AL in wins (25, against nine losses), ERA (1.81) and strikeouts (212). With Newhouser, Virgil Trucks
Virgil Trucks
and Dizzy Trout
Dizzy Trout
on the mound and Greenberg leading the Tiger bats, Detroit
Detroit
responded in a World Series Game 7 for the first time, staking Newhouser to a 5–0 lead before he threw a pitch en route to a 9–3 victory over the Cubs. Because many baseball stars had not yet returned from the military, some baseball scholars have deemed the '45 Series to be among the worst-played contests in Series history. For example, prior to the Series, Chicago sportswriter Warren Brown was asked who he liked, and he answered, "I don't think either one of them can win it!"[31] But the Cubs had no answer to Greenberg, who hit the Tigers' only two home runs of the Series and drove in seven, and the Series went Detroit's way. A long drought (1946–67)[edit] 1946–50[edit] After their 1945 Series win, the Tigers continued to have winning records for the remainder of the decade, finishing second in the AL three times but never winning the pennant. The 1950 season was particularly frustrating, as the Tigers posted a 95-59 record for a .617 winning percentage, the fourth best in team history at the time. But they finished that season three games behind a strong New York Yankees team that went on to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
in the World Series. During the 1946 season, the Tigers acquired George Kell, a third baseman who was a 10-time all-star and future Hall of Famer. He batted over .300 in eight straight seasons (1946–53), and finished with a career .306 mark. Kell won a batting title in a very close race with Ted Williams
Ted Williams
in 1949, going 2-for-3 on the last day of the season to edge out the Red Sox slugger, .3429 to .3427. 1951–60[edit] Over the next 10 years, the Tigers sank to the middle and lower ranks of the American League. The team had only three winning records over this span and never finished higher than fourth place. The last-place 1952 team went 50-104 (.325), which was the worst season in Tigers history until the 2003 team lost 119 games. Despite the dismal season, starter Virgil Trucks
Virgil Trucks
threw two no-hitters in 1952, only the third time in major league history that a pitcher had accomplished that feat.[32] Also, team owner Walter Briggs, Sr.
Walter Briggs, Sr.
died in 1952. His son Walter Briggs, Jr. inherited the team, but he was forced to sell it in 1956 to broadcast media owners John Fetzer and Fred Knorr. Notwithstanding Detroit's fall in the standings, the decade saw the debut of outfielder Al Kaline
Al Kaline
in 1953. One of the few Major League players who never played a day in the minor leagues, he would hit over .300 nine times in his career. He also made 15 All-Star teams, won 10 Gold Gloves, and featured one of the league's best arms in right field. In 1955, the 20-year-old Kaline hit .340 to become the youngest-ever batting champion in major league history.[33] 1958 saw the Tigers become the 15th of the then 16 MLB teams to field an African-American
African-American
player. In the Tigers' case, it was an Afro-Caribbean player, Ozzie Virgil, Sr. who finally broke the team's color barrier. Only the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
trailed the Tigers in integrating their roster. 1961[edit] Main article: 1961 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season As the American League
American League
expanded from 8 to 10 teams, Detroit
Detroit
began its slow ascent back to success with an outstanding 1961 campaign. The Tigers won 101 games, a whopping 30-game improvement over the 71-83 1960 team, but still finished eight games behind the Yankees. This marked one of the few times in major league history that a team failed to reach the postseason despite winning 100 or more games, though it had happened once before to the Tigers (1915). First baseman Norm Cash had the best batting average in the American League, a remarkably high .361, while teammate Al Kaline
Al Kaline
finished second. Cash never hit over .286 before or after the 1961 season, and would later say of the accomplishment: "It was a freak. Even at the time, I realized that."[34] Cash's plate heroics, which also included 41 home runs and 132 RBI, might have earned him MVP honors that season were it not for New York's Roger Maris
Roger Maris
bashing a record 61 homers the same year. Cash also drew 124 walks that season for a league-leading .487 on-base percentage. The 1961 club featured two nonwhite starters, Jake Wood and Bill Bruton, and later in the 1960s, black players such as Willie Horton, Earl Wilson, and Gates Brown would contribute to Detroit's rise in the standings. 1962–66[edit] As a strong nucleus developed, Detroit
Detroit
repeatedly posted winning records throughout the 1960s. Pitchers Mickey Lolich
Mickey Lolich
and Denny McLain entered the rotation during the middle of the decade, with outfielders Willie Horton (1963), Mickey Stanley (1964) and Jim Northrup (1964) also coming aboard at this time. The team managed a third-place finish during a bizarre 1966 season, in which manager Chuck Dressen and acting manager Bob Swift
Bob Swift
were both forced to resign their posts because of health problems. Thereafter, Frank Skaff took over the managerial reins until the end of the season. Both Dressen and Swift died during the year – Dressen in August because of a kidney infection, Swift in October due to cancer. Skaff was replaced by Mayo Smith
Mayo Smith
in 1967, perhaps the last step before World Series
World Series
contention. 1967[edit] Main article: 1967 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season Indeed, in 1967 the Tigers were involved in one of the closest pennant races in history. Because of rainouts, the Tigers were forced to play back-to-back doubleheaders against the California Angels over the final two days of the season. They needed to sweep the doubleheader on the last day of the season to force a one-game playoff with the Boston Red Sox. The Tigers won the first game but lost the second, giving the Red Sox the flag with no playoff. Detroit
Detroit
finished the season at 91–71, a single game behind Boston. Starter Earl Wilson, acquired the previous season from the Red Sox, led the Tigers with 22 wins and would form a strong 1–2–3 combination with Denny McLain
Denny McLain
and Mickey Lolich over the next few years. 1968–72[edit] Glory in '68: 1968 World Series Champions[edit] Main article: 1968 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season The Tigers finally returned to the World Series
World Series
in 1968. The team grabbed first place from the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
on May 10 and would not relinquish the position, clinching the pennant on September 17 and finishing with a 103–59 record. In a year that was marked by dominant pitching, starter Denny McLain
Denny McLain
went 31–6 (with a 1.96 ERA), the first time a pitcher had won 30 or more games in a season since the St. Louis Cardinals' Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean
accomplished the feat in 1934; no pitcher has accomplished it since. McLain was unanimously voted American League
American League
Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award
Cy Young Award
winner for his efforts. 1968 World Series[edit] Main article: 1968 World Series In the 1968 World Series, the Tigers met the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, led by starter Bob Gibson
Bob Gibson
(who had posted a modern-era record 1.12 ERA during the regular season) and speedy outfielder Lou Brock. This was the first time the Tigers and Cardinals had met in the World Series
World Series
since 1934, when as it was said, they were choked by the Gashouse Gang. The series was predicated with a bold decision by manager Mayo Smith
Mayo Smith
to play center fielder Mickey Stanley at shortstop, replacing the slick fielding but weak hitting of Ray Oyler. Stanley had never played shortstop before, but was a gold glover in the outfield and an excellent athlete. Smith started him at short for the final nine games of the regular season and all seven World Series
World Series
games, with Oyler only appearing as a late-inning defensive replacement. This allowed Smith to play an outfield of Willie Horton, Jim Northrup and Al Kaline
Al Kaline
in every Series game. In Game 1, Gibson completely shut down the Detroit
Detroit
lineup, striking out 17 batters, still a World Series
World Series
record, en route to an easy 4–0 win. However, due in no small part to pitcher Mickey Lolich's victories in Games 2 and 5, the Tigers climbed back into the Series. Many fans believe the turning point in the Series came in the fifth inning of Game 5, with the Tigers down three games to one, and trailing in the game, 3–2. Left fielder
Left fielder
Willie Horton made a perfect throw to home plate to nail Lou Brock
Lou Brock
(who tried to score from second base standing up), as catcher Bill Freehan blocked the plate with his foot. The Tigers came back with three runs in the seventh to win that game, 5–3, and stay alive in the Series. The Cardinals would not threaten to score the rest of this game, and scored only two more meaningless runs over the remainder of the series. In Game 6, McLain ensured a Game 7 by notching his only win of the Series, a 13–1 blowout, despite pitching on only two days' rest. In Game 7 at Busch Memorial Stadium, Lolich, also pitching on two days' rest, faced Gibson. Both men pitched brilliantly, putting zeros up on the scoreboard for much of the game. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cardinals looked primed to take the lead as Lou Brock singled to lead off the inning, only to be promptly picked off first base by Lolich. One out later, Curt Flood
Curt Flood
followed with another single, and was also picked off first by Lolich. In the top of the seventh, an exhausted Gibson finally cracked, giving up two-out singles to Norm Cash
Norm Cash
and Willie Horton. Jim Northrup then struck the decisive blow, lashing a triple to center field over the head of Flood, who appeared to misjudge how hard the ball was hit. That scored both Cash and Horton; Northrup himself was then brought home by a Bill Freehan double. Detroit
Detroit
added an insurance run in the ninth. A solo home run by Mike Shannon
Mike Shannon
was all the Cardinals could muster against Lolich as the Tigers took the game, 4–1, and the Series, 4–3. For his three victories that propelled the Tigers to the World championship, Lolich was named the World Series
World Series
Most Valuable Player. Through 2015, Lolich is the last pitcher to have three complete-game victories in a single World Series.[35] Also, at the time, Detroit
Detroit
was only the third team ever to come back from being down 3 games to 1 and win a World Series
World Series
title. The others were the 1925 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pirates (defeated Washington Senators) and the 1958 New York Yankees
New York Yankees
(defeated Milwaukee Braves). Since the advent of divisional baseball in 1969 there have been quite a few post-season 3-1 comebacks. 1969–71[edit] 1969 saw further expansion as both leagues realigned into two divisions of six teams, and the Tigers were placed in the American League East. That year, Detroit
Detroit
failed to defend its '68 title, despite Denny McLain
Denny McLain
having another outstanding season with a 24-9 campaign, earning him his second straight Cy Young Award
Cy Young Award
(co-winner with Baltimore's Mike Cuellar). The Tigers' 90 wins placed them a distant second in the division to a very strong Baltimore Orioles team, which had won 109 games. McLain, suspended three times in 1970, was only 3-5 that season and was traded after the season was done. Mayo Smith
Mayo Smith
was also let go after a disappointing fourth-place finish in 1970, to be replaced by Billy Martin. In a playing career that was primarily spent with the New York Yankees, Martin played his final games with the Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins
and stayed in that organization after his retirement. He managed the Twins to an AL West Division title in 1969, but was fired after that season due to rocky relationships with his players which included a legendary fight with pitcher Dave Boswell in an alley behind Detroit's Lindell AC sports bar.[36] He would spend the 1970 season out of baseball. After the 1970 regular season, Denny McLain
Denny McLain
was part of a seven-player deal with the Washington Senators in what would turn out to be a heist for Detroit. The Tigers acquired pitcher Joe Coleman, shortstop Eddie Brinkman and third baseman Aurelio Rodríguez. Coleman paid immediate dividends for Detroit, winning 20 games in 1971, while McLain went 10-22 for the Senators and was out of baseball by age 29. Martin's Tigers posted 91 wins in 1971, but again had to settle for a second-place finish behind the Orioles, who won 101 games to take their third straight AL East Division crown. The season was highlighted by Mickey Lolich's 308 strikeouts, which led the AL and is still the Detroit
Detroit
Tigers single-season record as of 2015. Lolich also won 25 games and posted a 2.92 ERA while throwing an incredible 376 innings and completing 29 of his 45 starts. 1972 AL East Champions[edit] Main article: 1972 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season The Tigers post-1970 acquisitions (Joe Coleman, Eddie Brinkman and Aurelio Rodríguez) all played critical roles in 1972, when the Tigers captured their first AL East division title. Oddities of the schedule due to an early-season strike allowed the 86-70 Tigers to win the division by just ½ game, just as they had won the pennant in 1908. Brinkman was named Tiger of the Year by the Detroit
Detroit
Baseball
Baseball
Writers, despite a .203 batting average, as he committed just 7 errors in 728 chances (.990 fielding percentage) and had a 72-game errorless streak during the season.[37] Mickey Lolich
Mickey Lolich
was his steady self for the Tigers, winning 22 games with a sparkling 2.50 ERA, while Coleman won 19 and had a 2.80 ERA. Starter Woodie Fryman, acquired on August 2, was the final piece of the puzzle as he went 10–3 over the last two months of the regular season and posted a minuscule 2.06 ERA. Fryman was also the winning pitcher in the division-clinching game against the Boston Red Sox, a 3-1 victory on October 3. 1972 ALCS[edit] Main article: 1972 American League
American League
Championship Series In the 1972 American League
American League
Championship Series, Detroit
Detroit
faced the American League
American League
West division champion Oakland Athletics, who had become steadily competitive ever since the 1969 realignment. In Game 1 of the ALCS in Oakland, Mickey Lolich, the hero of '68, took the hill and allowed just one run over nine innings. The Athletics' ace, Catfish Hunter, matched Lolich, surrendering only a solo home run to Norm Cash, and the game went into extra innings. Al Kaline
Al Kaline
hit a solo homer to break a 1–1 tie in the top of the 11th inning, only to be charged with a throwing error on Gonzalo Marquez's game-tying single in the bottom half of the frame that allowed Gene Tenace to score the winning run. Blue Moon Odom shut down Detroit
Detroit
5–0 in Game 2. The end of Game 2 was marred by an ugly incident in which Tiger reliever Lerrin Lagrow hit A's shortstop and leadoff hitter Bert Campaneris
Bert Campaneris
on the ankle with a pitch. An angered Campaneris threw the bat at Lagrow, and Lagrow ducked just in time for the bat to sail over his head. Both benches cleared, and though no punches were thrown, both Lagrow and Campaneris were suspended for the remainder of the series. It was widely thought (and years later confirmed by Lagrow) that Martin had ordered the pitch that hit Campaneris, who had three hits, two stolen bases and two runs scored in the game.[38] As the series shifted to Detroit, the Tigers caught their stride. Joe Coleman held the A's scoreless on seven hits in Game 3, striking out 14 batters in a 3–0 Tiger victory. Game 4 was another pitchers' duel between Hunter and Lolich, resulting again in a 1-1 tie at the end of nine innings. Oakland scored two runs in the top of the 10th and put the Tigers down to their last three outs. Detroit
Detroit
pushed two runs across the plate to tie the game before Jim Northrup came through in the clutch again. His single off Dave Hamilton scored Gates Brown to give the Tigers a 4-3 win and even the series at two games apiece. A first-inning run on an RBI ground out from Bill Freehan, set up by a Gene Tenace passed ball that allowed Dick McAuliffe to reach third, gave Detroit
Detroit
an early lead in the deciding fifth and final game in Detroit. Reggie Jackson's steal of home in the second inning tied it up, though Jackson was injured in a collision with Freehan and had to leave the game. Tenace's two-out single to left field plated George Hendrick to give Oakland a 2–1 lead in the fourth inning. The run was controversial to many Tiger fans, as Hendrick was ruled safe at first base two batters prior to the Tenace hit. Hendrick appeared to be out by two steps on a grounder to short, but umpire John Rice ruled that Norm Cash
Norm Cash
pulled his foot off first base. Replays and photos, however, show that Cash did not pull his foot.[39] Thanks to that play and four innings of scoreless relief from Vida Blue, the A's took the American League
American League
pennant and a spot in the World Series. A slow decline (1973–78)[edit] The 1973 season saw the Tigers drop to third place in the division, with an 85-77 record. Joe Coleman posted another 23 wins, but the other Tiger starters had subpar seasons. Willie Horton hit .316, but injuries limited him to just 111 games. Jim Northrup posted the best batting average of his career (.307) but was inexplicably limited to part-time duty (119 games played), which Northrup attributed to an ongoing feud with Billy Martin
Billy Martin
that had actually started in the 1972 ALCS. Northrup even proclaimed to the press that Martin "took the fun out of the game."[39] Martin did not survive the 1973 season as manager. He was fired that September after ordering his pitchers to throw spitballs (and telling the press that he did so) in protest of opposing Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
pitcher Gaylord Perry, whom Martin was convinced was doing the same. Base coach Joe Schultz served as interim manager for the final 28 games of the season. A bright spot for the Tigers in 1973 was relief pitcher John Hiller, who marked his first full season since suffering a heart attack in 1971 by collecting a league-leading 38 saves and posting a brilliant 1.44 ERA. Hiller's saves total would stand as a Tiger record until 2000, when it was broken by Todd Jones' 42 saves. (Jones' record would later be broken by José Valverde's 49 saves in 2011.) The Tigers spent the remainder of the 1970s in the middle or lower ranks of the AL East. In 1974, Ralph Houk, who managed the dominant Yankee teams of the early 1960s, was named manager of the Tigers. "The Major" served in that capacity for five full seasons, through the end of the 1978 season. The roster of players who played under Houk were mostly aging veterans from the 1960s, whose performance had slipped from their peak years. The Tigers did not have a winning season from 1974 to 1977, and their 57 wins in the 1975 season was the team's lowest since 1952. Perhaps the biggest signal of decline for the Tigers was the retirement of Kaline following the 1974 season, after he notched his 3,000th career hit. Kaline finished with 3,007 hits and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
in his first year of eligibility in 1980. 1976: The Year of The Bird[edit] Main article: 1976 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season Tiger fans were provided a glimmer of hope when 21-year-old rookie Mark Fidrych
Mark Fidrych
made his debut in 1976. Fidrych, known as "The Bird", was a colorful character known for talking to the baseball and other eccentricities. During a game against the Yankees, Graig Nettles responded to Fidrych's antics by talking to his bat. After making an out, he later lamented that his Japanese-made bat didn't understand him. Fidrych entered the All-Star break at 9-2 with a 1.78 ERA, and was the starting pitcher for the American League
American League
in the All Star Game played that year in Philadelphia to celebrate the American Bicentennial. He finished the season with a record of 19–9 and an American League-leading ERA of 2.34. Fidrych, the AL Rookie of the Year, was one of the few bright spots that year with the Tigers finishing next to last in the AL East in 1976. Aurelio Rodríguez
Aurelio Rodríguez
won the Gold Glove Award
Gold Glove Award
for 1976 at third base, snapping a 16-season streak in which Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson
Brooks Robinson
had won every award at the position. 1977–78[edit] Injuries to his knee, and later his arm, drastically limited Fidrych's appearances in 1977–78. Perhaps more important, however, was the talent coming up through the Tigers farm system at the time. Jack Morris, Lance Parrish, Alan Trammell
Alan Trammell
and Lou Whitaker
Lou Whitaker
all made their Tiger debuts in 1977, and would help the team to 88 wins in 1978, the only winning season under Houk. The "Bless You Boys" era (1979–87)[edit] Houk's immediate successor as Tiger manager in 1979 was Les Moss, but Moss would only last until June of that year. From June 14, 1979 until the end of the 1995 season, the team was managed by George "Sparky" Anderson, one of baseball's winningest managers and owner of two World Series rings as manager of the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
during their peak as The Big Red Machine. When Anderson joined the Tigers in 1979 and assessed the team's young talent, he boldly predicted that it would be a pennant winner within 5 years.[40] Acerbic sports anchor Al Ackerman of Detroit's WXYZ-TV
WXYZ-TV
(and later WDIV-TV) initiated the phrase "Bless You Boys" whenever the Tigers would win a game—sarcastically at first, because the team still wasn't winning enough to be respectable. But the Tigers became steadily competitive, with winning records in each of Anderson's first four full seasons (1980–83), and Ackerman's phrase would take on a new meaning in 1984. The Roar of '84: 1984 World Series
1984 World Series
Champions[edit] Main article: 1984 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season As in 1968, the Tigers' next World Series
World Series
season would be preceded by a disappointing second-place finish, as the 1983 Tigers won 92 games to finish six games behind the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
in the AL East. The first major news of the 1984 season actually came in late 1983, when broadcasting magnate John Fetzer, who had owned the club since 1957, sold the team to Domino's Pizza
Domino's Pizza
founder and CEO Tom Monaghan for $53 million.[41][42] The sale of the franchise caught everyone by surprise, as the negotiations culminating in the sale of the franchise were conducted in total secrecy. There were no rumors or even speculation that Fetzer had put the franchise up for sale. The 1984 team got off to a 9-0 start highlighted by Jack Morris tossing a nationally televised no-hitter against Chicago
Chicago
in the fourth game of the season. They stayed hot for most of the year, posting a 35-5 record over their first forty games and cruising to a franchise-record 104 victories. The Tigers led the division from opening day until the end of the regular season and finished a staggering 15 games ahead of the second-place Toronto Blue Jays. Closer Willie Hernández, acquired from the 1983 NL champion Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
in the offseason, won both the AL Cy Young and AL Most Valuable Player awards, a rarity for a relief pitcher. 1984 ALCS[edit] Main article: 1984 American League
American League
Championship Series The Tigers faced the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
in the American League Championship Series, which would prove to be no contest, not surprising given the fact the Royals won 20 fewer games during the season. In Game 1, Alan Trammell, Lance Parrish
Lance Parrish
and Larry Herndon went deep to crush the Royals 8–1 at Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium). In Game 2, the Tigers scored twice in the 11th inning when Johnny Grubb doubled off Royals closer Dan Quisenberry
Dan Quisenberry
en route to a 5–3 victory. The Tigers completed the sweep at Tiger Stadium in Game 3. Marty Castillo's third-inning RBI fielder's choice would be all the help Detroit
Detroit
would need. Milt Wilcox outdueled Charlie Leibrandt, and after Hernandez got Darryl Motley to pop out to preserve the 1–0 win, the Tigers were returning to the World Series. 1984 World Series[edit] Main article: 1984 World Series In the NLCS, a San Diego rally from 2–0 down prevented a fifth Cubs-Tigers series and meant the Tigers would open the 1984 World Series against the San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres
in Trammell's hometown. In Game 1, Larry Herndon hit a two-run home run that gave the Tigers a 3–2 lead. Morris pitched a complete game with 2 runs on 8 hits, and Detroit
Detroit
drew first blood. The Padres evened the series the next night despite pitcher Ed Whitson being chased after pitching ⅔ of an inning and giving up three runs on five Tiger hits. Tiger starter Dan Petry exited the game after ​4 1⁄3 innings when Kurt Bevacqua's three-run homer gave San Diego a 5–3 lead they would hold onto. When the series shifted to the Motor City, the Tigers took command. In Game 3, a two-out rally in the second inning, highlighted by Marty Castillo's 2-run homer, led to four runs and the yanking of Padre starter Tim Lollar after ​1 2⁄3 innings. The Padres, plagued by poor starting pitching throughout the series, never recovered and lost 5–2. Eric Show continued the parade of bad outings in Game 4, getting bounced after ​2 2⁄3 innings upon giving up home runs to Series MVP Trammell in his first two at-bats. Trammell's homers held up with the help of another Morris complete game, and the Tigers' 4–2 win gave them a commanding lead in the series. In Game 5, Gibson's two-run shot in the first inning would be the beginning of another early end for the Padres' starter Mark Thurmond. Though the Padres would pull back even at 3–3, chasing Dan Petry in the fourth inning in the process, the Tigers retook the lead on a Rusty Kuntz
Rusty Kuntz
sacrifice fly (actually a pop-out to retreating second baseman Alan Wiggins
Alan Wiggins
that the speedy Gibson was able to score on), and doubled it on a solo homer by Parrish. A "Sounds of the Game" video was made during the Series by MLB Productions and played on TV a number of times since then. Kirk Gibson came to bat in the eighth inning with runners on second and third and the Tigers clinging to a 5–4 lead. Padres manager Dick Williams
Dick Williams
was shown in the dugout flashing four fingers (ordering an intentional walk), before San Diego reliever Goose Gossage
Goose Gossage
summoned him to the mound. Anderson was seen and heard yelling to Gibson, "He don't want to walk you!", and making a swing-the-bat gesture.[43] As Anderson had suspected, Gossage threw a 1–0 fastball on the inside corner, and Gibson was ready. He launched a hard smash into Tiger Stadium's right field upper deck, effectively clinching the game and the series. Aurelio López
Aurelio López
pitched ​2 1⁄3 innings of relief without putting a runner on base for the win. Despite allowing a rare run in the top of the 8th inning, Willie Hernández got the save as Tony Gwynn flew out to Larry Herndon to end the game, sending Detroit
Detroit
into a wild victory celebration. The Tigers led their division wire-to-wire, from opening day and every day thereafter, culminating in the World Series
World Series
championship. This had not been done in the major leagues since the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers. With the win Sparky Anderson
Sparky Anderson
became the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues. 1987 AL East Champions[edit] Main article: 1987 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season After a pair of third-place finishes in 1985 and 1986, the 1987 Tigers faced lowered expectations – which seemed to be confirmed by an 11–19 start to the season. However, the team hit its stride thereafter and gradually gained ground on its AL East rivals, eventually finishing with the best record in the Majors (98–64). This charge was fueled in part by the acquisition of pitcher Doyle Alexander from the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
in exchange for minor league pitcher John Smoltz. Alexander started 11 games for the Tigers, posting a 9–0 record and a 1.53 ERA. Smoltz, a Lansing, Michigan
Michigan
native, went on to have a long and productive career, mostly with the Braves, winning the Cy Young Award
Cy Young Award
in 1996, and ultimately being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
in 2015. The Tigers won the division this year but possibly gave up some of their future. Despite the Tigers great season, they entered September neck-and-neck with the Toronto Blue Jays. The two teams would square off in seven hard-fought games during the final two weeks of the season. All seven games were decided by one run, and in the first six of the seven games, the winning run was scored in the final inning of play. At Exhibition Stadium, the Tigers dropped three in a row to the Blue Jays before winning a dramatic extra-inning showdown. The Tigers entered the final week of the 1987 season 3.5 games behind. After a series against the Baltimore Orioles, the Tigers returned home trailing by a game and swept the Blue Jays. Detroit
Detroit
clinched the division in a 1–0 victory over Toronto in front of 51,005 fans at Tiger Stadium on Sunday afternoon, October 4. Frank Tanana
Frank Tanana
went all nine innings for the complete game shutout, and outfielder Larry Herndon gave the Tigers their lone run on a second-inning home run. Detroit
Detroit
finished the season two games ahead of Toronto. In what would prove to be their last postseason appearance until 2006, the Tigers were upset in the 1987 American League
American League
Championship Series by the 85–77 Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins
(who in turn won the World Series
World Series
that year) four games to one. The Twins clinched the Series in Game 5 at Tiger Stadium, 9–5. A new approach (1988–95)[edit] Despite their 1987 division title victory, the Tigers proved unable to build on their success. The team lost Kirk Gibson
Kirk Gibson
to free agency in the offseason, but still spent much of 1988 in first place in the AL East. A late-season slump left the team in second at 88–74, one game behind division-winning Boston.

The Tigers playing against the Texas Rangers during a 1992 away game at Arlington Stadium.

In 1989, the team collapsed to a 59–103 record, worst in the majors. The franchise then attempted to rebuild using a power-hitting approach, with sluggers Cecil Fielder, Rob Deer and Mickey Tettleton joining Trammell and Whitaker in the lineup (fitting for the team with the most 200+ home run seasons in baseball history).[44] In 1990, Fielder led the American League
American League
with 51 home runs (becoming the first player to hit 50 since George Foster in 1977, and the first AL player since Roger Maris
Roger Maris
and Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle
in 1961), and finished second in the voting for AL Most Valuable Player. He hit 44 home runs and collected 132 RBI in 1991, again finishing second in the AL MVP balloting, and would hit at least 28 HR in each of the next four seasons. Behind the hitting of Fielder and others, the Tigers improved by 20 wins in 1990 (79-83), and posted a winning record in 1991 (84–78). However, the team lacked quality pitching, despite Bill Gullickson's 20 wins in 1991, and its core of key players began to age, setting the franchise up for decline. Their minor league system was largely barren of talent as well, producing only a few everyday players (Travis Fryman, Bobby Higginson) during the 1990s. Adding insult to injury, the Tigers and radio station WJR
WJR
announced in December 1990, that they were not renewing the contract of long-time Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Ernie Harwell, and that the 1991 season would be Harwell's last with the team. The announcement was met with resounding protests from fans, both in Michigan
Michigan
and around the baseball world. 1992 saw the Tigers win only 75 games, with Fielder being one of the few bright spots as he won the AL RBI title for a third straight season (124). But late in the season, Sparky Anderson
Sparky Anderson
won his 1,132nd game as a Tiger manager, passing Hughie Jennings
Hughie Jennings
for the most all-time wins in franchise history. Following the 1992 season, the franchise was sold to Mike Ilitch, the President and CEO of Little Caesars
Little Caesars
Pizza who also owns the Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings. Ilitch made it one of his first priorities to re-hire Ernie Harwell. The team also responded with an 85-77 season in 1993, but it would be their last winning season for a number of years. On October 2, 1995, manager Sparky Anderson
Sparky Anderson
chose to not only end his career with the Tigers, but retire from baseball altogether.[45] Randy Smith era (1996–2002)[edit] From 1994 to 2005, the Tigers did not post a winning record. This is by far the longest sub-.500 stretch in franchise history; prior to this, the team had not gone more than four consecutive seasons without a winning record. In fact, the only team in the majors to have a longer stretch without a winning season during this time is the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pirates, which did not have a winning record in the years spanning 1993 to 2012. The Tigers' best record over this span was 79–83, recorded in 1997 and 2000. In 1996, the Tigers lost a then-team record 109 games, under new general manager Randy Smith, who served the team from 1996 to 2002. In 1998, the Tigers moved from the American League's Eastern Division, where they had been since divisions were created in 1969, to the Central Division, as part of a realignment necessitated by the addition of the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Tigers were not an original member of the Central, which had been created in 1994.

The entrance sign of Comerica Park

In 2000, the team left Tiger Stadium, then tied with Fenway Park
Fenway Park
as the oldest active baseball stadium, in favor of the new Comerica Park. This capped an argument among Detroiters, lasting more than a decade, about whether or not a new stadium was needed to keep the club competitive. Soon after it opened, Comerica Park
Comerica Park
drew criticism for its deep dimensions, which made it difficult to hit home runs; the distance to left-center field (395 ft), in particular, was seen as unfair to hitters. This led to the nickname "Comerica National Park."[46] The team made a successful bid to bring in slugger Juan Gonzalez from the Texas Rangers for the inaugural 2000 season at Comerica Park. Gonzalez hit a meager (for him) 22 home runs that season, and many cited Comerica Park's dimensions as a major reason he turned down multi-millions to re-sign with the club in 2001. In 2003, the franchise largely quieted the criticism by moving in the left-center fence to 370 feet (110 m), taking the flagpole in that area out of play, a feature carried over from Tiger Stadium. In 2005, the team moved the bullpens to the vacant area beyond the left-field fence and filled the previous location with seats. In late 2001, Dave Dombrowski, former general manager of the 1997 World Series
World Series
champion Florida Marlins, was hired as team president. In 2002, the Tigers started the season 0–6, prompting Dombrowski to fire the unpopular Smith, as well as manager Phil Garner. Dombrowski then took over as general manager and named bench coach Luis Pujols to finish the season as interim manager. The team finished 55–106. After the season was over, Pujols was let go. Most losses in American League
American League
history (2003)[edit] Main article: 2003 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season Dombrowski hired popular former shortstop Alan Trammell
Alan Trammell
to manage the team in 2003. With fellow '84 teammates Kirk Gibson
Kirk Gibson
and Lance Parrish on the coaching staff, the rebuilding process began. In 2003, still playing with mostly players Smith had drafted or acquired, the Tigers shattered their 1996 mark for team futility by losing an American League-record 119 games. This eclipsed the previous AL record of 117 losses set by the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics, and was just .030 ahead of the 1916 A's .235 win percentage.[47] On August 30, 2003, the Tigers' defeat at the hands of the Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox
caused them to join the 1962 New York Mets
New York Mets
(who were a first year expansion club) as the only modern MLB teams to lose 100 games before September. They avoided tying the 1962 Mets' modern MLB record of 120 losses only by winning five of their last six games of the season, including three out of four against the Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins
who had already clinched the Central Division, and were resting their stars. Mike Maroth
Mike Maroth
went 9–21 for the 2003 Tigers and became the first pitcher to lose 20 games in more than 20 years.[48] Tigers' pitchers Maroth, Jeremy Bonderman
Jeremy Bonderman
(6–19), and Nate Cornejo (6–17) were #1, #2, and #3 in the major leagues in losses for 2003—the only time in major league history that one team has had the top three losers. While the 2003 Tigers rank as the third worst team in major league history based on loss total, they fare slightly better based on winning percentage. Their .265 win percentage was the majors' sixth-worst since 1900. The Tigers went 43–119 that season, 47 games behind division-winner Minnesota. Further information: List of worst MLB season records § Table of worst teams Rebuilding the franchise (2004–06)[edit] Although the 2003 season was a complete morass, Dombrowski gave Trammell a chance to finish the remaining two years of his contract over the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Under Dombrowski, the Tigers demonstrated a willingness to sign marquee free agents. In 2004, the team signed or traded for several talented but high-risk veterans, such as Fernando Viña, Iván Rodríguez, Ugueth Urbina, Rondell White and Carlos Guillén, and the gamble paid off. The 2004 Tigers finished 72–90, a 29-game improvement over the previous season, and the largest improvement in the American League
American League
since Baltimore's 33-game improvement from 1988 to 1989. However, the team was still sub-.500. Prior to the 2005 season, the Tigers spent a large sum for two prized free agents, Magglio Ordóñez
Magglio Ordóñez
and Troy Percival. On June 8, 2005, the Tigers traded pitcher Ugueth Urbina and infielder Ramón Martínez to the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
for Plácido Polanco
Plácido Polanco
(and later signed him for 4 years). The Tigers stayed on the fringes of contention for the American League
American League
wild card for the first four months of the season, but then faded badly, finishing 71–91. The collapse was perceived as being due both to injuries and to a lack of player unity; Rodriguez in particular was disgruntled, taking a leave of absence during the season to deal with a difficult divorce. Trammell, though popular with the fans, took part of the blame for the poor clubhouse atmosphere and lack of continued improvement, and he was fired at the end of the season. A highlight of the 2005 campaign was Detroit's hosting of the Major League Baseball
Baseball
All-Star Game, its first since 1971. In the Home Run Derby, Rodriguez finished second, losing to the Phillies' Bobby Abreu. In October 2005, Jim Leyland, who managed Dombrowski's 1997 World Series–winning Marlins club, replaced Trammell as manager; two months later, in response to Troy Percival's '05 arm problems, closer Todd Jones, who had spent five seasons in Detroit
Detroit
(1997–2001), signed a two-year deal to return to the Tigers. Veteran left-hander Kenny Rogers also joined the Tigers from Texas in late 2005. These offseason additions set the stage for the resurgence of "Tiger Fever" in Detroit
Detroit
and its environs the following year. The return of the Tigers: 2006 American League
American League
Champions[edit] Main article: 2006 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season After years of futility, the 2006 season showed signs of hope. The impressive rookie campaigns of eventual American League
American League
Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander, centerfielder Curtis Granderson, and flamethrowing relief pitcher Joel Zumaya, coupled with a well-publicized early-season tirade by Leyland, helped the team explode and quickly rise to the top of the AL Central. The team reached a high point when they were 40 games over .500, but a second half swoon started to raise questions about the team's staying power. On August 27, a 7–1 victory over the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
gave the Tigers their 82nd victory and their first winning season since 1993. On September 24, the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
11–4 to clinch their first playoff berth since 1987. A division title seemed inevitable. All that was required was one win in the final five games of the season, which included three games against the Royals, whom the Tigers had manhandled much of the season. However, the Tigers lost all five games to finish 95–67, and the division title went to the 96–66 Minnesota Twins. The Tigers were the AL wild card winner, the first time a team from the AL Central had won the honor. The playoffs saw the Tigers beat the heavily favored New York Yankees 3 games to 1 in the ALDS and sweep the Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
in the 2006 ALCS, thanks to a walk-off home run in Game 4 by right fielder Magglio Ordóñez. They advanced to the World Series, where they lost to the underdog St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
in five games. Falling short (2007–2010)[edit]

Tigers opening day 2007; view from section 324

The Tigers would field competitive teams over the next four years, but struggles in the second half of all four years kept them from repeating their 2006 playoff appearance. 2007[edit] Main article: 2007 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season In 2007, the Tigers returned 22 of 25 players from their 2006 World Series roster, and traded for outfielder Gary Sheffield, who had been a part of the 1997 Marlins World Series
World Series
team managed by Jim Leyland. In addition to acquisitions, Dombrowski developed a productive farm system. Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
and Joel Zumaya, the most notable rookie contributors to the 2006 team, were followed by Andrew Miller, who was drafted in 2006 and called up early in the 2007 campaign, and minor-leaguer Cameron Maybin, an athletic five-tool outfielder ranked #6 in Baseball
Baseball
America's 2007 Top-100 Prospects.[49] The Tigers suffered from injuries in the 2007 season, especially to their pitching staff. Kenny Rogers did not start until late June because of surgery to remove a blood-clot in his throwing arm. Other pitchers who were injured included Tim Byrdak, Fernando Rodney, Jair Jurrjens
Jair Jurrjens
and Joel Zumaya. On June 12, Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
threw the Tigers' first no-hitter since 1984 (Jack Morris) and the first in Comerica Park
Comerica Park
history, in a 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Tigers had the best record in baseball in mid-July, but lost a few players to injuries and started to play poorly in the second half and fade from contention. This pattern of good starts followed by a poor second half would be repeated over the next three seasons. The Tigers gave up their division lead to the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
in early September and were officially eliminated from playoff competition on September 26, 2007, when the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
clinched a wild card berth. The Tigers, at 88-74, finished second in the AL Central. Magglio Ordóñez
Magglio Ordóñez
captured the American League
American League
batting title in 2007 with a .363 average. This marked the highest batting average for a Tiger hitter since Charlie Gehringer
Charlie Gehringer
posted a .371 mark in 1937. 2008[edit] Main article: 2008 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season

Justin Verlander, June 2008

Going into the 2008 season, the franchise traded for prominent talent in Édgar Rentería
Édgar Rentería
(from the Atlanta Braves) and Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
and Dontrelle Willis
Dontrelle Willis
(from the Florida Marlins). However, the Tigers (who now boasted the second-highest team payroll in the majors at over $138 million)[50] began the regular season by losing seven straight games. The Tigers climbed back, and at the midway point of the season, they were 42–40. In the end, the team finished miserably, slumping to a 74–88 record. Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
finished with his worst season as a pro, as he went 11–17 with a 4.84 ERA. The Tigers also lost closer Todd Jones
Todd Jones
to retirement on September 25, 2008. Despite the disappointing season, the team set an attendance record in 2008, drawing 3,202,654 customers to Comerica Park. 2009[edit] Main article: 2009 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season The Tigers started 2009 very hot, quickly gaining the lead in the AL Central and keeping it for much of the year. This was fueled primarily by the combination of pitching and defense. The Tigers acquired starter Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
from the 2008 AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays, and called up rookie and former #1 draft pick Rick Porcello. Jackson was outstanding in the first half, making his first All-Star team, while Porcello was solid most of the year, posting a 14–9 record with a 3.96 ERA and displaying grit and maturity beyond his 20 years of age. Tigers ace Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
bounced back from an off 2008 to win 19 games. He posted a 3.45 ERA and led the AL in strikeouts (269) to finish third in the AL Cy Young balloting. Fernando Rodney
Fernando Rodney
assumed the closer role in spring training, replacing the retired Todd Jones. Rodney responded with 37 saves in 38 tries, while Bobby Seay, Brandon Lyon
Brandon Lyon
and young Ryan Perry
Ryan Perry
shored up the middle relief that plagued the team in 2007–08. Despite the improvements, the Tigers again found themselves struggling to hold a lead in the AL Central during the second half of the season, and in particular, the final month. The offense they were known for in recent years slumped badly and was unable to support strong outings by the pitching staff. The team entered September with a 7-game lead on its AL Central rivals, but wound up tied with the Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins
at 86 wins by the final day of the regular season. The season ended on October 6 with a 6–5 loss in 12 innings to the Twins in the tie-breaker game, leaving the Tigers with an 86–77 record. The Tigers spent 146 days of the 2009 season in first place, but became the first team in Major League history to lose a three-game lead with four games left to play.[51] 2010[edit] Main article: 2010 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season

Alex Avila, March 2010

Entering 2010, the Tigers parted ways with Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson
and Edwin Jackson as part of a three-way trade with the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
and Arizona Diamondbacks; in return they picked up outfield prospect Austin Jackson
Austin Jackson
and pitchers Phil Coke, Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer
and Daniel Schlereth. Austin Jackson
Austin Jackson
made the Tigers opening day roster, and was American League
American League
Rookie of the Month for April.[52] 2010 also saw the debut of Brennan Boesch, who was named the AL Rookie of the Month for May and June.[53][54] At the All-Star break, the Tigers were a half-game out of first place in the AL Central, behind the Chicago
Chicago
White Sox. But a slow start after the break and injuries to three key players sent the Tigers into yet another second-half tailspin. The Tigers finished the season in third place with an 81–81 record, 13 games back of the division-winning Minnesota Twins. While playing outstanding baseball at home, the Tigers were just 29–52 on the road. Only the Seattle Mariners had fewer road wins than the Tigers among American League teams. Among the 2010 season highlights were Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
hitting .328 with 38 home runs and an AL-best 126 RBI, earning the American League Silver Slugger Award
Silver Slugger Award
at first base[55] and finishing second in the AL MVP race (earning 5 of 28 first-place votes).[56] Austin Jackson
Austin Jackson
(.293 average, 103 runs, 181 hits, 27 stolen bases) finished second in the AL Rookie-of-the-Year voting. Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
enjoyed another strong season (18–9 record, 3.37 ERA, 219 strikeouts). The near-perfect game[edit] Main article: Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga
Armando Galarraga
was pitching a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
with 2 outs in the top of the ninth inning when first base umpire Jim Joyce
Jim Joyce
made a controversial call, ruling Jason Donald safe at first. Video replay showed he was out. A tearful Joyce later said "I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay."[57] Later Galarraga told reporters Joyce apologized to him directly and gave him a hug. The next day, with Joyce umpiring home plate, Galarraga brought out the Tigers lineup card and the two hugged again. Despite large fan support for overturning the call, commissioner Bud Selig let the call stand, but said he would look into expanding instant replay for the future. Division winners (2011–2014)[edit] 2011: First AL Central Championship[edit] Main article: 2011 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season The Tigers returned much of their roster from 2010, while adding catcher/DH Victor Martinez, relief pitcher Joaquín Benoit
Joaquín Benoit
and starting pitcher Brad Penny. The Tigers sent five players to the 2011 All-Star Game. Catcher
Catcher
Alex Avila
Alex Avila
was voted in as a starter, while Justin Verlander, José Valverde
José Valverde
and Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
were added as reserves. (Verlander was unavailable to play in the game due to the scheduling of his regular-season starts.) Shortstop
Shortstop
Jhonny Peralta
Jhonny Peralta
was later added to the All-Star team when the Yankees' Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter
was unable to play due to injury. On May 7, Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
took a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays into the 8th inning. After a walk to J. P. Arencibia, Verlander coaxed a double-play grounder and went on to the 9th inning to complete his second career no-hitter by facing the minimum 27 batters. It was the seventh no-hitter in Tigers history.[58] On August 27, Verlander defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6–4, to become the first Tiger since Bill Gullickson in 1991 to win 20 games in a season. Verlander also became the first major league pitcher since Curt Schilling in 2002 to reach 20 wins before the end of August.[59] In May, the Tigers were as many as eight games back of the first-place Cleveland
Cleveland
Indians, but slowly pulled back to near-even by the All-Star break. As a three-way battle for the division title developed between the Tigers, Indians, and Chicago
Chicago
White Sox, the Tigers put together an 18–10 record in August to begin to pull away. Starter Doug Fister, acquired via trade on July 30, provided an immediate spark, going 8–1 over the final two months of the season with a sparkling 1.79 ERA. After a loss on September 1, the Tigers reeled off a 12-game winning streak to put any thoughts of another late-season collapse to rest. The streak consisted of four consecutive three-game sweeps over their AL Central Division rivals. It was the Tigers longest winning streak since the 1934 team won 14 straight.[60] On September 16, the Tigers clinched the AL Central Division title with a 3–1 win over the Oakland Athletics. It was their first AL Central title since joining the division in 1998, and first division title of any kind since 1987.[61] The Tigers clinched the division with 11 games left to play, tying the franchise record set by the 1984 team. Members of the 2011 Tigers won multiple statistical awards in 2011. Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
won the triple crown of pitching, leading the American League
American League
in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250). On November 15, Verlander was a unanimous selection for the AL Cy Young Award.[62] In a much closer vote six days later, Verlander also won the AL MVP Award, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Dennis Eckersley in 1992.[63] José Valverde
José Valverde
was the AL saves leader with 49 (in 49 save opportunities), winning the 2011 MLB Delivery Man of the Year Award. Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
won the AL batting title with a .344 average, while also leading the AL in on-base percentage (.448) and doubles (48). The Tigers beat the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
by a score of 3–2 in Game 5 of the ALDS, winning the series 3–2. They advanced to the ALCS, but they lost to the defending AL Champion Texas Rangers, 4 games to 2.[citation needed] 2012: American League
American League
Champions[edit] Main article: 2012 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season

In 2012, Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
became the first Major League player to win the Triple Crown in 45 years.

In 2012, the Tigers looked to defend their 2011 AL Central Division title, with the hopes of earning a second consecutive playoff appearance. On January 24, the Tigers signed free-agent all-star first baseman Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder
to a 9-year, $214 million contract.[64] The move came shortly after the Tigers learned that Víctor Martínez had torn his anterior cruciate ligament during offseason training in Lakeland, Florida, and would likely miss the entire 2012 season.[65] Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
moved back to his original position of third base, leading to the eventual release of veteran Brandon Inge
Brandon Inge
on April 26.[66] On July 23, the Tigers acquired veteran second baseman Omar Infante (who played for Detroit
Detroit
in 2003–07) and starting pitcher Aníbal Sánchez
Aníbal Sánchez
from the Miami Marlins
Miami Marlins
in exchange for starting pitcher Jacob Turner
Jacob Turner
and two other minor leaguers.[67] At the midway point of the 2012 season, the Tigers were three games under .500 (39-42).[68] The team played much better in the second half and, after a fierce battle down the stretch with the Chicago
Chicago
White Sox, the Tigers clinched the AL Central Division title on October 1 with a 6-3 win against the Kansas City Royals.[69] Coupled with the Tigers' division title in 2011, it marked the first back-to-back divisional titles in team history, and first back-to-back postseason appearances since 1934–35.[70] The Tigers concluded the 2012 regular season with an 88-74 record. On the final day of the season, Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
earned the American League Triple Crown in batting, leading the league in three key statistical categories during the season: batting average (.330), home runs (44), and runs batted in (139). No player had accomplished this feat since Carl Yastrzemski
Carl Yastrzemski
in 1967.[71] On the mound, starters Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer
finished first and second among the American League
American League
strikeout leaders, with 239 and 231, respectively.[72] Verlander (17–8, 2.64 ERA) finished second in the Cy Young Award balloting to David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. In the American League
American League
Division Series, the Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 2, earning their second straight trip to the American League
American League
Championship Series.[73] The Tigers completed a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
in the ALCS to win their 11th American League
American League
Pennant and earn a trip to the World Series. The Tigers lost the 2012 World Series
World Series
to the San Francisco Giants, four games to none. They were shut out twice (in Games 2 and 3), the same number as in the entire 162-game regular season, and had a team batting average of .159. On November 15, 2012, Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
was named the AL's Most Valuable Player.[74] 2013: American League
American League
title defense[edit] Main article: 2013 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season The Tigers entered the 2013 season looking to defend their 2012 American League
American League
Pennant. Key acquisitions in the offseason included signing free agent outfielder Torii Hunter
Torii Hunter
to a two-year, $26 million contract,[75] while also signing their 2012 trade deadline acquisition, pitcher Aníbal Sánchez, to a five-year, $80 million deal.[76] The Tigers also signed free agent catcher Brayan Peña
Brayan Peña
to a one-year contract.[77] Moreover, ace starter Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
signed a $180 million contract extension,[78] which would have kept him with the team until 2019 had he not been traded to the Houston Astros
Houston Astros
in 2017. The Tigers placed six players on the 2013 American League All-Star team: Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Jhonny Peralta, Torii Hunter, Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer
and Justin Verlander.[79] On September 25, the Tigers clinched their third consecutive AL Central Division title, and eventually finished the season at 93–69. The last time the Tigers won three consecutive regular-season titles was 1907–1909.[80] Detroit
Detroit
Tigers pitchers struck out 1,428 batters during the regular season, breaking the old major league record of 1,404 held by the 2003 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs.[81] Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
(.348 average, 44 HR, 139 RBI) was voted the AL Most Valuable Player for the second straight season,[82] while Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer
(21–3, 2.90 ERA, 240 strikeouts) won the AL Cy Young Award.[83] The Tigers played the Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
for the second straight year in the ALDS, and defeated the A's, 3 games to 2. The Tigers set a record for a best-of-five playoff series by striking out 57 Oakland batters in the ALDS, topping the old mark of 55 set by the 2010 Texas Rangers (against the Tampa Bay Rays). With his Game 5 gem, Justin Verlander ran his postseason scoreless streak against Oakland to 30 innings, topping the record against one team in the postseason previously held by Christy Mathewson
Christy Mathewson
(28 innings against the Philadelphia Athletics
Philadelphia Athletics
in 1905 and 1911).[84] The Tigers advanced to their third straight ALCS, where they played the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
for the first ever time in the postseason. The Tigers won Games 1 and 4 in the ALCS, but ultimately lost the AL Championship to the Red Sox in Game 6. 2014: Changes at the top[edit] Main article: 2014 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season Jim Leyland
Jim Leyland
stepped down from his managerial position after eight years with Detroit,[85] and the Tigers hired Brad Ausmus
Brad Ausmus
as Leyland's successor.[86] On November 20, 2013, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for three-time All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler plus cash considerations with regard to Fielder's remaining contract amount.[87] The Tigers later traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals
for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, Jr. and pitchers Ian Krol
Ian Krol
and Robbie Ray.[88] In an effort to improve a bullpen that often struggled in 2013 the Tigers signed veteran closer Joe Nathan
Joe Nathan
to a two-year, $20 million contract, with a club option for 2016,[89] and later signed Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.[90] On May 2, 2014, a month into the season, with the bullpen having a combined 5.37 ERA (29th out of 30 in the MLB) the Tigers signed free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan to a one-year contract,[91] but he never came off the disabled list to pitch for the team in 2014. The team further bolstered the bullpen near the MLB trading deadline, dealing pitchers Corey Knebel
Corey Knebel
and Jake Thompson to the Texas Rangers in exchange for former All-Star closer Joakim Soria
Joakim Soria
on July 23.[92] On July 31, with just hours left before the end of the MLB non-waiver trade deadline, the Tigers traded pitcher Drew Smyly
Drew Smyly
and shortstop Willy Adames to the Tampa Bay Rays, and Austin Jackson
Austin Jackson
to the Seattle Mariners in a three-team deal to acquire pitcher David Price from the Rays.[93] With the acquisition of Price, the Tigers became the first team in major league history with three consecutive Cy Young Award winners in its starting rotation.[94] On September 28, the last day of the regular season, Price pitched a 3–0 gem against the Minnesota Twins, and the Tigers clinched their fourth consecutive AL Central Division title.[95] The 90–72 Tigers finished one game ahead of the Kansas City Royals. The Detroit
Detroit
Tigers faced the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
in the 2014 American League Division Series and lost the series 0–3. J. D. Martinez became the first player in franchise history to hit home runs in his first two career postseason games. Both were part of back-to-back homers, with Víctor Martínez and Nick Castellanos in Games 1 and 2, respectively.[96] 2015: Mid-season Reboot[edit] Main article: 2015 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season Brad Ausmus
Brad Ausmus
continued to manage the Detroit
Detroit
Tigers for a second season. Free agents Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer
and Torii Hunter
Torii Hunter
left for other teams at the end of the year while Rick Porcello, Eugenio Suárez, Robbie Ray, and prospect Devon Travis
Devon Travis
were all lost through trades. On the receiving end, the Tigers traded for slugger Yoenis Céspedes, relief pitcher Alex Wilson, speedy outfielder Anthony Gose
Anthony Gose
and starting pitchers Alfredo Simón
Alfredo Simón
and Shane Greene.[97][98] After winning the first six games of the year in record-breaking fashion the Tigers season slowly went downhill.[99] Inconsistent pitching, division rivals outperforming expectations, and injuries to multiple players, including Joe Nathan
Joe Nathan
(only appeared in one game), Victor Martinez, and career first stints on the disabled list for Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
and Miguel Cabrera, sent the team below the .500 mark as the trade deadline came and the decision was made to "reboot" the team.[100][101] Within a two-day span in late July, the Tigers traded David Price, Joakim Soria
Joakim Soria
and Cespedes, receiving six well regarded prospects in return, including Daniel Norris.[102] On August 4, longtime Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski
Dave Dombrowski
was released by the team, with Assistant GM Al Avila being promoted to General Manager and Vice President of Baseball
Baseball
Operations.[103] Despite difficulties, the Tigers still ended up sending four players to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game: Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
received his 10th career All-Star selection and the starting nod, but could not play due to injury; David Price received his 5th career selection as well as the credit for the win for the American League; and J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias both received their first career All-Star selections.[104][105] The Tigers ended the season in last place in the AL Central Division with a record of 74-87.[106] The pitching staff was one of the worst in the MLB, ending 27th in ERA, 28th in FIP, and 27th in WHIP.[107] But the team also ended with a team batting average of .270, the best in the MLB,[108] while Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera
finished with the highest player batting average in the American League
American League
and the MLB (.338), earning his fourth batting title in five years.[109] 2016[edit] Main article: 2016 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season Brad Ausmus
Brad Ausmus
and the Tigers entered the 2016 season with new pitching coach Rich Dubee
Rich Dubee
and 9 out of 25 members of the 2015 roster being replaced through trades and free agency. Prominent additions include two highly sought free agents, the starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and outfielder Justin Upton, as well as players acquired through trades, outfielder Cameron Maybin, and the veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez, who leads a totally revamped bullpen.[110] The Tigers lost two 2016 draft picks due to free agent compensation but, because of their bottom-ten finish in 2015, they kept their first round pick.[111] Key veteran losses include catcher Alex Avila
Alex Avila
and outfielder Rajai Davis, who both signed free agent deals with other teams in the division.[112][113] The Tigers finished the 2016 season with a record of 86-75 and in second place in the AL Central, eight games behind the first-place Cleveland
Cleveland
Indians. Detroit
Detroit
was the final team to fall out of contention for a Wild Card playoff spot, losing Saturday and Sunday games to the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
while the two teams they were chasing (Baltimore and Toronto) got needed wins. In the previous series the final Detroit
Detroit
home game of the season, against the Indians, was rained out and rescheduled for the Monday after the regular end of the season, but only to be played if it had play-off implications for either team. With the Indians' place in the playoffs determined and the Tigers more than a game out of Wild Card contention (2.5 games out), the game was left unplayed and both teams ended one short of a full schedule.[114] Rebuilding (2017–present)[edit] 2017[edit] Main article: 2017 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season Mike Ilitch, the Tigers owner since 1992, died at the age of 87 on February 10, 2017.[115] The team remains in an Ilitch family trust, under the leadership of Mike's son, Christopher Ilitch.[116][3] Like the Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings, the Tigers honored their owner in multiple ways, the most prominent being a "Mr. I" uniform patch.[117] After a disappointing record through the All-Star break, the Tigers began committing to a rebuild, trading J. D. Martinez,[118] Alex Avila and Justin Wilson in July,[119] plus Justin Upton
Justin Upton
and Justin Verlander in August.[120] On September 22, the Tigers announced that the team would not extend manager Brad Ausmus's contract past the 2017 season, ending his four-year tenure as the Tigers manager. Under the management of Ausmus, the Tigers had a record of 314–332 (.486 winning percentage) and won one AL Central division title in 2014.[121] The Tigers went 6–24 in September, ending the season in a tie for the worst record in MLB with the San Francisco Giants, but gaining the number one pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.[122] 2018[edit] Main article: 2018 Detroit
Detroit
Tigers season On October 20, 2017, the Tigers announced that Ron Gardenhire
Ron Gardenhire
and the team had reached a three-year agreement for the former Minnesota Twins skipper to succeed Brad Ausmus
Brad Ausmus
as the team's manager.[123] Best seasons in Detroit
Detroit
Tigers history[edit]

Best Seasons in Detroit
Detroit
Tigers history

Rank Year Wins Losses Win %   Finish

1 1934 101 53 .665 Lost 1934 World Series
World Series
to Cardinals

2 1915 100 54 .649 2nd in AL behind Red Sox

3 1909 98 54 .645 Lost 1909 World Series
World Series
to Pirates

4 1984 104 58 .642 Won 1984 World Series
1984 World Series
over Padres

5 1968 103 59 .636 Won 1968 World Series over Cardinals

6 1961 101 61 .623 2nd in AL behind Yankees

7 1950 95 59 .617 2nd in AL behind Yankees

8 1935 93 58 .616 Won 1935 World Series over Cubs

9 1907 92 58 .613 Lost 1907 World Series
World Series
to Cubs

10 1987 98 64 .605 Lost 1987 ALCS to Twins

Worst seasons in Detroit
Detroit
Tigers history[edit]

Worst seasons in Detroit
Detroit
Tigers history

Rank Year Wins Losses Win %

1 2003 43 119 .265

2 1952 50 104 .325

3 1996 53 109 .327

4 2002 55 106 .342

5 1975 57 102 .358

6 1989 59 103 .364

7 1902 52 83 .385

8 1953 60 94 .390

9 2017 64 98 .395

10 1931 61 93 .396

Payroll[edit]

Total team payroll

Year Amount

2007 $95,180,369

2008 $137,685,196

2009 $115,085,145

2010 $122,864,928

2011 $105,700,231

2012 $132,300,000

2013 $148,414,500

2014 $162,228,527

2015 $173,813,750

2016 $172,282,250

2017 $168,500,600

The Tigers[edit]

Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit
Detroit
Tigers from 1912 to 1999 at the corner of Michigan
Michigan
and Trumbull in the Corktown district of Detroit.

There are various legends about how the Tigers got their nickname. One involves the orange stripes they wore on their black stockings. Tigers manager George Stallings
George Stallings
took credit for the name; however, the name appeared in newspapers before Stallings was manager. Another legend concerns a sportswriter equating the 1901 team's opening day victory with the ferocity of his alma mater, the Princeton Tigers. Richard Bak, in his 1998 book, A Place for Summer: A Narrative History of Tiger Stadium, pp. 46–49, explains that the name originated from the Detroit
Detroit
Light Guard military unit, who were known as "The Tigers". They had played significant roles in certain Civil War battles and in the 1898 Spanish–American War. The baseball team was still informally called both "Wolverines" and "Tigers" in the news. The earliest known use of the name "Tigers" in the media was in the Detroit
Detroit
Free Press on April 16, 1895. Upon entry into the majors, the ballclub sought and received formal permission from the Light Guard to use its trademark. From that day forth, the team has been officially called the Tigers. Rivalries and fan base[edit] The Tigers' rivalries with other baseball franchises have changed throughout the years, with no one rivalry standing out. The most notable of them are with regional neighbors Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
and Chicago
Chicago
White Sox, and these are notable for brawls and division races between them. The others are with nearby teams such as the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins
and the Toronto Blue Jays – the latter a holdover from when the Tigers competed in the AL East. There are numerous Tigers fans throughout the state of Michigan, northwestern Ohio, Chicago, southwestern Ontario, as well as a small fan base in and around the Erie, Pennsylvania
Erie, Pennsylvania
area, due in part to Detroit's proximity to these regions as well as the presence of the Tigers' Double-A affiliate Erie SeaWolves
Erie SeaWolves
in northwestern Pennsylvania. The Detroit
Detroit
Tigers have their Triple-A affiliate Toledo Mud Hens
Toledo Mud Hens
in Toledo, Ohio
Ohio
in addition to their Double-A affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania. The cities of Windsor and Sarnia, Ontario, have large fanbases of loyal Tigers fans. The Detroit
Detroit
Tigers continue to develop a strong and long line of baseball fans in Ontario; the majority of baseball fans in southwestern Ontario
Ontario
are considered Tigers loyalists. Some are rivalries for first place during the regular season, with all American League
American League
teams until 1969, with American League
American League
East teams from 1969 to 1997, and with American League
American League
Central teams from 1998 until the present. Finally, some are rivalries with National League
National League
teams the Tigers have faced repeatedly in the World Series, such as the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
(four times) and St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
(three times). Had the Cubs beaten the San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres
in the 1984 NLCS, they would have faced the Tigers for a fifth time in the World Series. The Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pirates, whom the Tigers faced in the 1909 World Series, is the team's "natural rival" in interleague play. It has become a popular rivalry for fans of both teams, due to Tigers ex-manager Jim Leyland
Jim Leyland
having managed the Pirates from 1986 to 1996 (his two immediate successors in Pittsburgh, Gene Lamont
Gene Lamont
and Lloyd McClendon, served on Leyland's staff with the Tigers), the close proximity of Detroit
Detroit
to Pittsburgh, and the NHL rivalry between the Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings (who, like the Tigers, were owned by Mike Ilitch) and the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Penguins. The Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
have the Ohio
Ohio
Cup against the Cincinnati Reds, but prefer the rivalry within the American League
American League
Central division with the Detroit
Detroit
Tigers or, as the fans and Tom Hamilton like to call them, "Motown Kitty Cats". The rivalry with the Indians came to a head when the Tigers played the Indians at Progressive Field
Progressive Field
in Cleveland on August 7, 2013, with the teams 1-2 in the AL Central standings. Many Tigers fans who made the short trip to Cleveland
Cleveland
started several "Let's go Tigers!" chants while the game was tied in the 9th inning. Irritated that their rivals were "taking over" their home stadium, many Indians fans decided to combat the chant with a "Detroit's bankrupt!" chant, in reference to the city's 2013 bankruptcy. Footage of the game from SportsTime Ohio
Ohio
that had the chants clearly audible quickly went viral, with many baseball fans on social media criticizing the Indians fans for the chant due to the circumstances of Detroit's financial situation.[124] The Tigers ended up defeating the Indians 6-5 in 14 innings.[125] Home attendance[edit]

Home Attendance at Comerica Park[126]

Year Total Attendance

2001 1,921,305

2002 1,503,623

2003 1,368,245

2004 1,917,004

2005 2,024,485

2006 2,595,937

2007 3,047,139

2008 3,202,645

2009 2,567,185

2010 2,461,237

2011 2,642,045

2012 3,028,033

2013 3,083,397

2014 2,917,179

2015 2,726,048

2016 2,493,859

2017 2,321,599

Rally cry[edit] During the 1968 season, the team was cheered on by the phrase, "Go Get 'Em Tigers", which was made popular by a song of the same name written and recorded by Artie Fields.[127] The previous year, "Sock It To 'Em, Tigers!" was also popular in the city as the Tigers' close pennant race with Boston coincided with the release of the single "Sock It To Me, Baby!" by Mitch Ryder
Mitch Ryder
& The Detroit
Detroit
Wheels. During the 1984 World Series
1984 World Series
championship run, the team was cheered on to the cry, "Bless You Boys," a phrase coined by sports caster Al Ackerman.[128] For the 2006 season, with the team going into July with the best record in baseball, the phrase "Restore the Roar" (a phrase first introduced in 1990 by then- Detroit
Detroit
Lions Head Coach Wayne Fontes) began to catch on, referring to the fact that the Tigers had not had a winning season since 1993 and seem to be returning to their former glory. Another 2006 phrase found in several Detroit
Detroit
commercials was "Who's your Tiger?" A popular rally cry for the Detroit
Detroit
Pistons has also been adapted for the Tigers, resulting in "Deee-troit Base-ball!" A second rally cry also caught on in the Tigers' dugout in 2006. In a June game versus the New York Yankees, Tigers pitcher Nate Robertson was featured on FSN Detroit's "Sounds of the Game", in which the TV station will mic a player on the bench or a coach. To appease the fans, Nate began to stuff Big League Chew
Big League Chew
bubble gum into his mouth, hoping to spark a late-inning rally. The trend caught on, with Jeremy Bonderman, Zach Miner
Zach Miner
and Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander
all chewing from time to time. The Tigers came back to tie the game, and the phrase "It's Gum Time" became the new "Rally-cap" for all of Tigertown. Additionally, the chant of a local man, the late James Earl Van Horn,[129] who patrolled the streets around Comerica Park
Comerica Park
yelling out "Eat 'Em Up Tigers! Eat 'Em Up!", has begun to make its way into the park. The chant originated in 1968 when the Tigers won their third World Series, "Eat 'em Up" referring to the St. Louis Cardinals. People have even been seen wearing James Van Horn's homemade shirts with the cheer written on the back as far away as Miller Park in Milwaukee.[130] During the 2006 playoffs the phrase "Team of Destiny" appeared on several homemade signs, and became a rallying cry for the post season. The signs featured the "Olde English" (blackletter) "D" in place of the standard "D" in destiny. In 2009, the team used the phrase "Always a Tiger" as its slogan. This slogan remained in effect for 2010, even though the team lost many key players in the offseason. With the deaths of George Kell, Mark Fidrych, Ernie Harwell
Ernie Harwell
and Sparky Anderson, the slogan has new appreciation, for players and personalities of the team's history. In 2011, the slogan was switched back to Who's Your Tiger?[citation needed] Uniforms and logos[edit]

Primary logo 2016–present

Cap logo 1924–present. It is orange for road games.

Logo
Logo
used on the home jersey until 2018. It was also the primary logo prior to 2016.

See also: Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
§ MLB uniforms The Tigers have worn essentially the same home uniform since 1934 — solid white jersey with navy blue piping down the front and an Old English
Old English
"D" on the left chest, white pants, navy blue hat with a white letter D in the blackletter or textur/textualis typeface associated with Middle and Early Modern English
Early Modern English
and popularly referred to as "Old English" even though it was not used for that language. When the Tigers are the visiting team, the D on their hats is orange and the word "DETROIT" appears across the shirt. A version of the team's blackletter D was first seen on Tigers uniforms in 1904, after using a simple block D in 1903. The blackletter D appeared frequently after that until being established in 1934.[131] In 1960, the Tigers changed their uniform to read "Tigers", but the change only lasted one season before the traditional uniform was reinstated. In 1995, the Tigers introduced an alternate jersey, solid navy blue with the team's alternate logo (a tiger stepping through the "D") on the chest. It was worn for one home game, paired with new white pants with navy blue pinstripes. After the loss, the uniform was retired and never worn again.[132] The Tigers use slightly different versions of the initial logo on the cap and jersey.[133] Starting in 2018, the Tigers will change the classic curved Old English D logo on their home uniforms to match that of the sharp cornered hat logo; additionally, the size of the logo on the cap also became enlarged.[134][135] Unique Characteristics of Tigers Uniform:

The Tigers are the only team in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
to have a color on their road uniforms that is not on their home uniforms (orange).[136] The Tigers' uniforms have more belt loops than those of any other team, owing to the fact that their uniform pants do not feature the wide "tunnel" loops that appear on most baseball pants.[137]

Alternate Jerseys: The Tigers wear a white and navy blue home jersey with "Tigres" across the chest for their annual "¡Fiesta Tigres!" game to recognize and honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players and coaches to the game of baseball. Like all of MLB, the Tigers wear a highly stylized and brightly colored jersey for Players Weekend. In the inaugural games from August 25–27, 2017, their away jerseys were grey with bright orange with "Tigers" on the chest, the orange cap had a tiger instead of the Old English "D" on it. Players are also encouraged to use nicknames on the back of their jerseys. Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Famers[edit]

Detroit
Detroit
Tigers Hall of Famers

Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
and Museum

Detroit
Detroit
Tigers

Sparky Anderson† Earl Averill Ed Barrow Jim Bunning Ty Cobb Mickey Cochrane Sam Crawford

Larry Doby Billy Evans Rick Ferrell Charlie Gehringer Joe Gordon Goose Goslin

Hank Greenberg Bucky Harris Harry Heilmann Whitey Herzog Waite Hoyt

Hughie Jennings Al Kaline George Kell Heinie Manush Eddie Mathews Jack Morris

Hal Newhouser Iván Rodríguez Al Simmons Sam Thompson Alan Trammell

Players and managers listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Tigers cap insignia. †Although Sparky Anderson
Sparky Anderson
is depicted on his Hall of Fame plaque wearing a Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
cap insignia, the Hall recognizes the Tigers as his primary team.[138]

Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipients[edit]

Detroit
Detroit
Tigers Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipients

Affiliation according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
and Museum

Ernie Harwell

Names in bold received the award based primarily on their work as broadcasters for the Tigers.

Michigan
Michigan
Sports Hall of Fame[edit] Main article: Michigan
Michigan
Sports Hall of Fame

Detroit
Detroit
Tigers in the Michigan
Michigan
Sports Hall of Fame

No. Name Position Tenure Notes

— Frank Navin Owner 1908–1935 Born in Adrian

— Walter Briggs Sr. Owner 1919–1935 Born in Ypsilanti

— John Fetzer Owner 1961–1983

— Tom Monaghan Owner 1983-1992 Born and raised in Ann Arbor

— Mike Ilitch Owner 1992–2017 Born and raised in Detroit

— Marian Ilitch Owner 1992–present Born and raised in Dearborn

— Jim Campbell Executive 1962–1983 1978–1990 1990–1992

— Ernie Harwell Broadcaster 1960–1991 1993–2002

— Van Patrick Broadcaster 1949, 1952–1959

— Ty Cobb CF Manager 1905–1926 1921–1926

— Sam Crawford OF 1903–1917

— Wish Egan P 1902 Born and raised in Evart

— Harry Heilmann RF/1B 1914 1916–1929

— Hughie Jennings IF Manager 1907, 1909–1910, 1912, 1918 1907–1920

— Heinie Manush LF 1923–1927

— George Mullin P 1902–1913

— Ralph Young 2B 1915–1921

1 Lou Whitaker 2B 1977–1995

2 Charlie Gehringer 2B GM 1924–1942 1951–1953 Grew up near Fowlerville, attended University of Michigan

3 Mickey Cochrane C Manager 1934–1937 1934–1938

3 Dick McAuliffe 2B/SS 1960–1973

3 Alan Trammell SS Coach Manager 1977–1996 1999 2003–2005

4 Goose Goslin LF 1934–1937

4 Rudy York 1B 1934, 1937–1945

4 Charlie Maxwell LF 1955–1962 Born in Lawton, attended Western Michigan
Michigan
University

5 Hank Greenberg 1B 1930, 1933–1941 1945–1946

5, 20 Vic Wertz RF/1B 1947–1952 1961–1963

5 Jim Northrup OF 1964–1974 Born in Breckenridge, attended Alma College

6 Al Kaline RF 1953–1974

7 Billy Rogell SS 1930–1939

7, 26 Harvey Kuenn OF/SS 1952–1959

7 Rick Leach OF/1B 1981–1983 Born in Ann Arbor, attended University of Michigan

10 Tommy Bridges P 1930–1943 1945–1946

10 Jim Leyland Manager 2006–2013

11 Sparky Anderson Manager 1979–1995

11 Bill Freehan C 1961, 1963–1976 Born and raised in Detroit, attended University of Michigan

13 Lance Parrish C 1977–1986

14 Schoolboy Rowe P 1933–1942

14, 15 Jim Bunning P 1955–1963 Elected mainly on his performance with Philadelphia Phillies

15, 21 George Kell 3B Broadcaster 1946–1952 1959–1963 1965–1996

16 Hal Newhouser P 1939–1953 Born and raised in Detroit

17 Denny McLain P 1963–1970

18 John Hiller P 1965–1970 1972–1980

20 Billy Pierce P 1945, 1948 Elected mainly on his performance with Chicago
Chicago
White Sox, born in Detroit, grew up in Highland Park

21 Barney McCosky OF 1939–1942, 1946 Grew up in Detroit

21, 30 Don Lund OF 1949, 1952–1954 Born and raised in Detroit, attended University of Michigan

21 Willie Hernandez P 1984–1989

22 Virgil Trucks P 1941–1952, 1956

23 Willie Horton LF/DH 1963–1977

23 Kirk Gibson OF Coach 1979–1987 1993–1995 2003–2005 Born in Pontiac, grew up in Waterford, attended Michigan
Michigan
State University

24 Mickey Stanley CF 1964–1978 Grew up in Grand Rapids

25 Norm Cash 1B 1960–1974

26 Gates Brown LF Coach 1963–1975 1978–1984

26 Frank Tanana P 1985–1992 Grew up in Detroit

29 Mickey Lolich P 1963–1975

47 Jack Morris P 1977–1990

Retired numbers and honorees[edit] See also: List of Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
retired numbers This is how the retired numbers and Honored names are displayed on the outfield walls at Comerica Park: In left field:

Willie Horton LF, DH Retired July 15, 2000

Ty Cobb CF Manager Honored 2000

Hank Greenberg 1B Retired June 12, 1983

Charlie Gehringer 2B Coach, GM Retired June 12, 1983

Hal Newhouser P Retired July 27, 1997

Al Kaline RF Broadcaster Retired August 17, 1980

In right field:

Harry Heilmann RF, 1B Honored 2000

Heinie Manush LF Honored 2000

Hughie Jennings Manager Honored 2000

Sam Crawford OF Honored 2000

Mickey Cochrane C Manager Honored 2000

George Kell 3B Broadcaster Honored 2000

Ernie Harwell Broadcaster Honored 2000

Sparky Anderson Manager Retired June 26, 2011

Jackie Robinson – All MLB Honored April 15, 1997

Ty Cobb
Ty Cobb
is honored by his name on the wall at Comerica Park. Cobb played in an era where numbers were not worn on jerseys.[139] Ernie Harwell
Ernie Harwell
spent 42 years (in two stints) calling Tigers games on radio and television. Al Kaline
Al Kaline
was also a TV color commentator for the Tigers from 1975 to 2002. Though their numbers are not officially retired, the names of Harry Heilmann, Heinie Manush, Hughie Jennings, Sam Crawford, Mickey Cochrane and George Kell
George Kell
are displayed at Comerica Park
Comerica Park
to honor their contributions to the Detroit
Detroit
Tigers organization. They also have all entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball Hall of Fame
and Museum as Detroit Tigers, and their plaques in the Hall show them wearing the Tigers' cap. Jackie Robinson's number 42 was retired throughout Major League Baseball
Baseball
in 1997.

Players with retired numbers (and Ty Cobb) also have statues of themselves that sit behind their names, which are painted on the left-center field wall. National Avenue, which runs behind the third-base stands at the Tigers' previous home Tiger Stadium, was renamed Cochrane Avenue for Mickey Cochrane. Cherry Street, which runs behind the left-field stands at Tiger Stadium, was renamed Kaline Drive for Al Kaline. While Cochrane was honored in 2000, the ceremony honoring Cochrane and Kell did not include the retirement of Cochrane's number 3; the number 3 had not been retired for Dick McAuliffe or Alan Trammell
Alan Trammell
either, although number 3 had only been issued three times since Trammell retired as a player after the 1996 season: to Trammell himself when he managed the Tigers from 2003 to 2005, Gary Sheffield
Gary Sheffield
(after Trammell approved of it from 2007 until he was released prior to the 2009 season). Sheffield had previously worn the numbers 1, 5, 10, and 11.[140] The number was most recently worn by Ian Kinsler, who was acquired after the 2013 season in a trade with the Texas Rangers for Prince Fielder; he wore 3 until being traded to the Los Angeles Angels after the 2017 season. Similarly, the number 1 was last worn by Lou Whitaker in 1995, the year Whitaker retired as a player. It was not reissued again until 2013, when mid-season acquisition José Iglesias requested it. The number 47, last worn by Jack Morris, had not been issued since 1990, Morris' last year with the Tigers. The Tigers announced that they will retire Trammell's No. 3 on August 26, 2018 and Morris' No. 47 on August 12, 2018. Team captains[edit]

Bill Coughlin
Bill Coughlin
1907–1908 Germany Schaefer
Germany Schaefer
1909 George Moriarty
George Moriarty
1911–1915

Award winners[edit] Main article: Detroit
Detroit
Tigers award winners and league leaders Current roster[edit]

Detroit
Detroit
Tigers roster

v t e

Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers Starting rotation

48 Matthew Boyd 32 Michael Fulmer 38 Francisco Liriano 44 Daniel Norris 27 Jordan Zimmermann

Bullpen

45 Buck Farmer 77 Joe Jiménez 53 Warwick Saupold 68 Daniel Stumpf 54 Drew VerHagen 30 Alex Wilson

Closer

61 Shane Greene

Catchers

55 John Hicks 34 James McCann

Infielders

24 Miguel Cabrera 46 Jeimer Candelario 28 Niko Goodrum  1 José Iglesias 49 Dixon Machado

Outfielders

 9 Nicholas Castellanos 21 JaCoby Jones  8 Mikie Mahtook 12 Leonys Martín 22 Víctor Reyes

Designated hitters

41 Víctor Martínez

Pitchers

62 Sandy Baez 51 Johnny Barbato 64 Chad Bell 31 Ryan Carpenter 50 Mike Fiers
Mike Fiers
66 Eduardo Jiménez 57 Artie Lewicki 60 Gerson Moreno 26 Zac Reininger 65 Gregory Soto 56 Spencer Turnbull

Catchers

17 Grayson Greiner

Infielders

40 Sergio Alcántara 18 Dawel Lugo

Outfielders

13 Mike Gerber

Manager

15 Ron Gardenhire

Coaches

38 Rick Anderson (bullpen) 29 Chris Bosio (pitching) 25 Dave Clark (third base) 59 Phil Clark (assistant hitting) 43 Steve Liddle (bench) 20 Lloyd McClendon
Lloyd McClendon
(hitting) 98 John Murrian (bullpen catcher) 99 Sam Palace (bullpen catcher) 39 Ramón Santiago
Ramón Santiago
(first base) 52 Joe Vavra
Joe Vavra
(quality control)

25 active, 15 inactive 7- or 10-day disabled list Suspended list # Personal leave Roster and coaches updated April 5, 2018 Transactions • Depth chart → All MLB rosters

Minor league affiliations[edit] Main article: List of Detroit
Detroit
Tigers minor league affiliates

Level Team League Location

AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Toledo, Ohio

AA Erie SeaWolves Eastern League Erie, Pennsylvania

Advanced A Lakeland Flying Tigers Florida State League Lakeland, Florida

A West Michigan
Michigan
Whitecaps Midwest League Comstock Park, Michigan

Short Season A Connecticut Tigers New York–Penn League Norwich, Connecticut

Rookie GCL Tigers West Gulf Coast League Lakeland, Florida

GCL Tigers East

DSL Tigers Dominican Summer League San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Broadcasters[edit] Radio[edit] Main article: Detroit
Detroit
Tigers Radio Network The Tigers' current flagship radio stations are Detroit
Detroit
sister stations WXYT (1270 AM) and WXYT-FM
WXYT-FM
(97.1 FM).[141] Dan Dickerson
Dan Dickerson
does play-by-play and former Tigers catcher Jim Price does color commentary.[142] Games are carried on both stations unless a conflict with Detroit
Detroit
Lions, or Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings coverage arises, in which case only WXYT (the AM station) serves as the Tigers' flagship. Games are syndicated throughout Michigan
Michigan
and in portions of Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Television[edit] The Tigers' current exclusive local television rights holder is Fox Sports Detroit.[143] Mario Impemba
Mario Impemba
does play-by-play with former outfielder Rod Allen handling color commentary.[142] Impemba can be joined by former outfielder Kirk Gibson
Kirk Gibson
instead of Allen. During the 2016 season, the Tigers averaged a 7.56 rating and 138,000 viewers on primetime TV broadcasts.[144] Former[edit] Main article: List of Detroit
Detroit
Tigers broadcasters Franchise records[edit] Main article: Detroit
Detroit
Tigers team records See also[edit]

Metro Detroit
Detroit
portal Baseball
Baseball
portal

List of Detroit
Detroit
Tigers seasons Detroit
Detroit
Tigers all-time roster Managers and ownership of the Detroit
Detroit
Tigers

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Business. Retrieved April 13, 2017.  ^ Adler, David (July 18, 2017). "D-backs get J.D. from Tigers in 4-player deal". MLB.com. Retrieved July 18, 2017.  ^ Beck, Jason (July 31, 2017). "Tigers acquire prospect Candelario from Cubs". MLB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2017.  ^ Beck, Jason (August 31, 2017). "Tigers deal Upton to Angels for prospect Long". MLB.com. Retrieved September 1, 2017.  ^ Ashley MacLennan and Kurt Mensching (September 22, 2017). "Tigers will not renew manager Brad Ausmus' contract after 2017". blessyouboys.com. Retrieved October 3, 2017.  ^ Rob Rogacki (October 1, 2017). "Tigers will have No. 1 overall pick in 2018 MLB draft". blessyouboys.com. Retrieved October 3, 2017.  ^ Beck, Jason (October 20, 2017). "Tigers, Gardenhire finalize skipper's 3-year deal". MLB.com.  ^ Michael Brookbank, Kimberlee Rohrer (August 9, 2013). "VIDEO: Indians fans' 'Detroit's bankrupt' chant goes viral". Newsnet5.com. Retrieved December 27, 2013.  ^ AP (August 8, 2013). "Tigers outlast Indians in 14 innings". Usatoday.com. Retrieved December 27, 2013.  ^ [5] ESPN MLB Attendance Report ^ "Download a hot Motown ringtone". Major League Baseball.  ^ "Bless You Boys: A Celebration of the '84 Tigers". MLB. Retrieved December 27, 2013.  ^ Solano, David (July 27, 2013). "Known for 'Eat 'em up Tigers' shouts, James Van Horn carved out niche, Tigers style". WXYZ-TV
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(ABC affiliate).  ^ "Eat Em Up Detroit". Eat Em Up Detroit. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2013.  ^ [6] USAToday.com, "Tigers' historic D emblematic of pride" ^ Paul Lukas (August 23, 2007). "ESPN.com: UniWatch, "One and done"". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved December 27, 2013.  ^ [7] ESPN.com Page 2 UniWatch, "The cap that killed the Cardinals?" ^ Detroit
Detroit
Tigers change Old English
Old English
'D' on iconic home uniforms The Detroit
Detroit
Free Press, January 25, 2018 ^ Woodberry, Evan (January 25, 2018). "Check out Tigers' new 2018 jerseys with Old English
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Tigers' road uniforms". Detroit
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Athletic Co. Retrieved July 2, 2012.  ^ Lukas, Paul (June 8, 2012). "Uni Watch: MLB's top 10 uniform oddities". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved February 11, 2018. Most MLB pants have wide belt tunnels. But not in Detroit, where the Tigers use conventional belt loops -- lots and lots of them (and as you can see, they're not just for plus-sized guys like Prince Fielder).  ^ "Hall of Famers: Sparky Anderson". National Baseball
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Further reading[edit]

Anderson, William (1999). The Detroit
Detroit
Tigers: A Pictorial Celebration of the Greatest Players and Moments in Tigers' History (Updated ed.). Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-2826-1. Archived from the original on November 10, 2007.  Pattison, Mark (2002). Detroit
Detroit
Tigers Lists and More Runs, Hits and Eras. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3040-1. Archived from the original on November 10, 2007.  Eldridge, Grant (2001). Willie Horton: Detroit's Own Willie the Wonder. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3025-8. Archived from the original on April 21, 2007.  Bak, Richard (1991). Cobb Would Have Caught It: The Golden Age of Baseball
Baseball
in Detroit. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-2356-1. Archived from the original on November 10, 2007.  Anderson, William (2005). The Detroit
Detroit
Tigers. Easton Press. 1446 leatherbound. 

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Achievements

Preceded by Chicago
Chicago
White Sox 1906 American League
American League
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1907 and 1908, and 1909 Succeeded by Philadelphia Athletics 1910 and 1911

Preceded by Washington Senators 1933 American League
American League
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1934 and 1935 Succeeded by New York Yankees 1936 and 1937 and 1938 and 1939

Preceded by St. Louis Cardinals 1934 World Series
World Series
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1935 Succeeded by New York Yankees 1936 and 1937 and 1938 and 1939

Preceded by New York Yankees 1936 and 1937 and 1938 and 1939 American League
American League
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1940 Succeeded by New York Yankees 1941 and 1942 and 1943

Preceded by St. Louis Browns 1944 American League
American League
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1945 Succeeded by Boston Red Sox 1946

Preceded by St. Louis Cardinals 1944 World Series
World Series
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1945 Succeeded by St. Louis Cardinals 1946

Preceded by Boston Red Sox 1967 American League
American League
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1968 Succeeded by Baltimore Orioles 1969 and 1970 and 1971

Preceded by St. Louis Cardinals 1967 World Series
World Series
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1968 Succeeded by New York Mets 1969

Preceded by Baltimore Orioles 1983 American League
American League
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1984 Succeeded by Kansas City Royals 1985

Preceded by Baltimore Orioles 1983 World Series
World Series
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 1984 Succeeded by Kansas City Royals 1985

Preceded by Chicago
Chicago
White Sox 2005 American League
American League
champions Detroit
Detroit
Tigers 2006 Succeeded by Boston Red Sox 2007

Preceded by Texas Rangers 2010 and 2011 American League
American League
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Detroit
Tigers 2012 Succeeded by Boston Red Sox 2013

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Opening Day
starting pitchers

Ballparks

Bennett Park Tiger Stadium Comerica Park

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Culture

Paws " Detroit
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Rock City" "The Bird" One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story Magnum, P.I. Tiger Town For Love of the Game Bless You Boys "The Singing Hot Dog Man"

Lore

1910 Chalmers Award Disco Demolition Night 2009 AL Central tie-breaker game 28-out perfect game

Important figures

Hall of Fame members

Sparky Anderson Ty Cobb Mickey Cochrane Sam Crawford Charlie Gehringer Hank Greenberg Harry Heilmann Hughie Jennings Al Kaline George Kell Heinie Manush Jack Morris Hal Newhouser Alan Trammell

Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipient

Ernie Harwell

J. G. Taylor Spink Award recipients

Joe Falls Tom Gage H. G. Salsinger

Minor league affiliates

Player overview AAA: Toledo Mud Hens AA: Erie SeaWolves A Adv.: Lakeland Flying Tigers A: West Michigan
Michigan
Whitecaps Short A: Connecticut Tigers Rookie: GCL Tigers West Rookie: GCL Tigers East DSL Tigers

Key personnel

Owner: Christopher Ilitch General Manager: Al Avila Manager: Ron Gardenhire

World Series championships (4)

1935 1945 1968 1984

American League
American League
pennants (11)

American League: 1907 1908 1909 1934 1935 1940 1945 1968 1984 2006 2012

Division titles (7)

East: 1972 1984 1987 Central: 2011 2012 2013 2014

Wild card berths (1)

2006

Broadcasters

TV: Fox Sports Detroit Mario Impemba Rod Allen Kirk Gibson Radio: Detroit
Detroit
Tigers Radio Network WXYT WXYT-FM Dan Dickerson Jim Price History: List of Detroit
Detroit
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Seasons (118)

1900s

· 1900 1901 · 1902 · 1903 · 1904 · 1905 · 1906 · 1907 · 1908 · 1909

1910s

1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919

1920s

1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929

1930s

1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939

1940s

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1950s

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959

1960s

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969

1970s

1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979

1980s

1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

1990s

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

2000s

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

2010s

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

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Bob Glenalvin (1894) Con Strouthers (1895–1896) George Stallings
George Stallings
(1896) Bob Allen (1897) Frank Graves (1897–1898) Ollie Beard (1898) Tony Mullane
Tony Mullane
(1898) George Stallings
George Stallings
(1898–1901) Frank Dwyer
Frank Dwyer
(1902) Ed Barrow
Ed Barrow
(1903–1904) Bobby Lowe
Bobby Lowe
(1904) Bill Armour
Bill Armour
(1905–1906) Hughie Jennings
Hughie Jennings
(1907–1920) Ty Cobb
Ty Cobb
(1921–1926) George Moriarty
George Moriarty
(1927–1928) Bucky Harris
Bucky Harris
(1929–1933) Del Baker
Del Baker
(1933) Mickey Cochrane
Mickey Cochrane
(1934–1937) Del Baker
Del Baker
(1936) Cy Perkins
Cy Perkins
(1937) Del Baker
Del Baker
(1937) Mickey Cochrane
Mickey Cochrane
(1938) Del Baker
Del Baker
(1938–1942) Steve O'Neill
Steve O'Neill
(1943–1948) Red Rolfe
Red Rolfe
(1949–1952) Fred Hutchinson
Fred Hutchinson
(1952–1954) Bucky Harris
Bucky Harris
(1955–1956) Jack Tighe
Jack Tighe
(1957–1958) Bill Norman (1958–1959) Jimmy Dykes
Jimmy Dykes
(1959–1960) Billy Hitchcock
Billy Hitchcock
(1960) Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon
(1960) Bob Scheffing
Bob Scheffing
(1961–1963) Chuck Dressen (1963–1964) Bob Swift
Bob Swift
(1965) Chuck Dressen (1965–1966) Frank Skaff (1966) Bob Swift
Bob Swift
(1966) Mayo Smith
Mayo Smith
(1967–1970) Billy Martin
Billy Martin
(1971–1973) Joe Schultz (1973) Ralph Houk
Ralph Houk
(1974–1978) Les Moss
Les Moss
(1979) Dick Tracewski (1979) Sparky Anderson
Sparky Anderson
(1979–1995) Buddy Bell (1996–1998) Larry Parrish
Larry Parrish
(1998–1999) Phil Garner
Phil Garner
(2000–2002) Luis Pujols (2002) Alan Trammell
Alan Trammell
(2003–2005) Jim Leyland
Jim Leyland
(2006–2013) Brad Ausmus
Brad Ausmus
(2014–2017) Ron Gardenhire
Ron Gardenhire
(2018–)

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Tigers retired numbers

2 Charlie Gehringer 5 Hank Greenberg 6 Al Kaline 11 Sparky Anderson 16 Hal Newhouser 23 Willie Horton

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(2018)

American League

East

Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays

Central

Chicago
Chicago
White Sox Cleveland
Cleveland
Indians Detroit
Detroit
Tigers Kansas City Royals Minnesota Twins

West

Houston Astros Los Angeles Angels Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers

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East

Atlanta Braves Miami Marlins New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals

Central

Chicago
Chicago
Cubs Cincinnati Reds Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pirates St. Louis Cardinals

West

Arizona Diamondbacks Colorado Rockies Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants

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Jackie Robinson
Day Civil Rights Game All-Star Game Interleague play International games World Baseball
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Timeline

Timeline of Major League Baseball

History of team nicknames

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1961 1962 1969 1977 1993 1998

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Current teams

East

Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays

Central

Chicago
Chicago
White Sox Cleveland
Cleveland
Indians Detroit
Detroit
Tigers Kansas City Royals Minnesota Twins

West

Houston Astros Los Angeles Angels Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers

Former, relocated, and disestablished teams

Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
(1901–1902) Kansas City Athletics (1955–1967) Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
I (1901) Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
II (1970–1997) Philadelphia Athletics
Philadelphia Athletics
(1901–1954) Seattle Pilots
Seattle Pilots
(1969) St. Louis Browns
St. Louis Browns
(1902–1953) Washington Senators I (1901–1960) Washington Senators II (1961–1971)

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List of champions Championship Series Division Series Wild Card winners

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Teams

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Venues

Fox Theatre City Theatre Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena
(operator) Comerica Park
Comerica Park
(operator) Little Caesars
Little Caesars
Arena (operator) DTE Energy Music Theatre
DTE Energy Music Theatre
(joint manager) Freedom Hill Amphitheatre (joint manager) Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (joint manager)

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People

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Basketball

NBA Detroit
Detroit
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Michigan
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Football

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Detroit
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Michigan
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Detroit
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Michigan
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Detroit
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Hockey

NHL Detroit
Detroit
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Detroit
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Roller derby

WFTDA Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Detroit
Detroit
Roller Derby Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Kalamazoo Derby Darlins Lansing Derby Vixens

Soccer

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Michigan
Bucks NPSL AFC Ann Arbor Detroit
Detroit
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Ultimate

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Detroit
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NCAA Division I

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Michigan
State Oakland Western Michigan

NCAA Division II

Davenport University Ferris State (D-I hockey) Grand Valley State Hillsdale Lake Superior State (D-I hockey) Michigan
Michigan
Tech (D-I hockey) Northern Michigan
Michigan
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World Series
World Series
championships

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Detroit
Tigers 1935 World Series champions

2 Charlie Gehringer 3 Mickey Cochrane 4 Goose Goslin 5 Hank Greenberg
Hank Greenberg
(AL MVP) 6 Gee Walker 7 Billy Rogell 8 Marv Owen 9 Pete Fox 10 Tommy Bridges 13 Elden Auker 14 Schoolboy Rowe 16 Alvin Crowder 17 Chief Hogsett 18 Vic Sorrell 19 Joe Sullivan 23 Ray Hayworth 24 Flea Clifton 25 Jo-Jo White Hub Walker Chet Morgan Frank Reiber Hugh Shelley Heinie Schuble Roxie Lawson Clyde Hatter Firpo Marberry Carl Fischer

Manager 3 Mickey Cochrane

Coaches 31 Cy Perkins 32 Del Baker

Regular season

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Detroit
Tigers 1945 World Series
1945 World Series
champions

1 Bob Swift 2 Ed Mierkowicz 3 Eddie Mayo 4 Rudy York 5 Hank Greenberg 6 Roy Cullenbine 7 Joe Hoover 8 Doc Cramer 9 Paul Richards 10 Tommy Bridges 11 Dizzy Trout 12 John McHale 14 Jim Tobin 15 Les Mueller 16 Hal Newhouser
Hal Newhouser
(AL MVP) 17 Zeb Eaton 18 Stubby Overmire 19 Al Benton 20 Billy Pierce 21 Art Houtteman 22 Virgil Trucks 22 Bob Maier 23 Hack Miller 24 Walter Wilson 25 George Caster 26 Chuck Hostetler 27 Jimmy Outlaw 28 Skeeter Webb 30 Red Borom 34 Hub Walker 36 Prince Oana

Manager 32 Steve O'Neill Coaches 31 Art Mills

Regular season

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Detroit
Tigers 1968 World Series champions

1 Ray Oyler 2 Tommy Matchick 3 Dick McAuliffe 5 Jim Northrup 6 Al Kaline 7 Eddie Mathews 8 Don Wert 11 Bill Freehan 12 Jim Price 15 Fred Lasher 16 Earl Wilson 17 Denny McLain
Denny McLain
(AL CYA and MVP) 18 John Hiller 21 Joe Sparma 22 Pat Dobson 23 Willie Horton 24 Mickey Stanley 25 Norm Cash 26 Gates Brown 27 Wayne Comer 29 Mickey Lolich
Mickey Lolich
( World Series
World Series
MVP) 39 Jon Warden 43 Daryl Patterson 44 Dick Tracewski 47 Don McMahon

Manager 10 Mayo Smith

Coaches 50 Tony Cuccinello 51 Wally Moses 52 Hal Naragon 53 Johnny Sain

Regular season

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Detroit
Tigers 1984 World Series
1984 World Series
champions

1 Lou Whitaker 3 Alan Trammell
Alan Trammell
( World Series
World Series
MVP) 8 Marty Castillo 9 Doug Baker 13 Lance Parrish 14 Dave Bergman 15 Rusty Kuntz 16 Tom Brookens 17 Bill Scherrer 19 Dave Rozema 20 Howard Johnson 21 Willie Hernández 23 Kirk Gibson
Kirk Gibson
(ALCS MVP) 27 Bárbaro Garbey 29 Aurelio López 30 Johnny Grubb 31 Larry Herndon 32 Ruppert Jones 34 Chet Lemon 39 Milt Wilcox 40 Doug Bair 41 Darrell Evans 44 Juan Berenguer 46 Dan Petry 47 Jack Morris

Manager 11 Sparky Anderson

Coaches 26 Gates Brown 38 Roger Craig 50 Billy Consolo 51 Alex Grammas 53 Dick Tracewski

Regular season American League
American League
C

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